MP backs Ythanbank project to restore closed footbridge

MP backs Ythanbank project to restore closed footbridge

Published date : 11 March, 2024

Gordon MP Richard Thomson has met with campaigners and Community Council members in Ythanbank who are seeking to restore the ‘Little Briggie’ and re-open it as a link in the proposed Fyvie to Forvie local footpath.

The Little Briggie was constructed to provide a safe route over the River Ythan for children from the Drumwhindle and Ythanbank areas who attended the primary school at Warld's End cottages on the Ythanbank to Methlick road.

It is understood in the local area that the bridge construction was originally instructed by a local farmer, who subsequently gifted the bridge to the community around much the same time as the primary school closed.

Mr Thomson was impressed by the commitment of the community to make the project happen and happily agreed to back their applications for funding.

Commenting, Richard Thomson MP said:

“I recently had the opportunity to visit Ythanbank where I met local community representatives who are working on a project to restore the currently closed ‘Little Briggie’ footbridge, which has provided a popular route for locals and visitors alike and which connects different parts of the community. 

 “The community has demonstrated a commitment and ability to work with a range of stakeholders and are absolutely determined to bring the bridge back into use.

 “I have no hesitation in supporting their applications for funding for the project.  This is an excellent example of community resilience and demonstrates a real ‘can-do’ attitude.  I wish Ythan Community Council every success in their efforts going forward.”

The picture shows Richard Thomson MP (centre) with members of Ythan Community Council at the Little Briggie, Ythanbank.

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