Montrose Coastal Erosion Project secures £350,000

Published on Tuesday 4 October 2022

Angus Council has secured £350,000 to help in the fight against coastal erosion at Montrose.

The award – from the Scottish Government Nature Restoration Fund – will assist in the appraisal, design and build of measures to reinstate sand dunes at Montrose Bay, next to Montrose Golf Course.

Angus Council is consulting with Montrose Golf Links, NatureScot, Marine Scotland, Montrose Port Authority and SEPA on the project.

Montrose Councillor Bill Duff said: “The project’s long-term aim is to reshape and rebuild the dunes that have suffered extensive erosion and to slow the pace at which the coastline is being eaten away by the sea.

“Studies by Angus Council and Dynamic Coast highlighted that dune repair work is urgently required to maintain the dune cordon and reduce the flood risk. I am acutely aware that this project, while important for Montrose, will also be very important to golfers, as it will assist in defending the golf course.”

The intention for the works moving forward include an environmental impact and options appraisal before construction work at the dunes begin.

This is part of the first phase of a wider plan that will include the development and introduction of a long-term erosion management strategy to further protect the dunes and replenish the beach.