Wall To Come Down

By Jane Cruickshank / March 4, 2020
View of wall forming side of river

FLOOD protection contractors have been given the go-ahead for the demolition and reconstruction of a stretch of wall at the River Carron.

Some 13 objections to McLaughlin & Harvey’s application for listed building consent for its demolition and subsequent reconstruction were received.

These cited concerns including the loss of character and heritage of the wall, and the impact on the stability of the remaining section not earmarked for demolition.

But at yesterday’s meeting of the Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee, members heard its removal was essential for safety reasons – the piling structure needed to construct the flood wall will require excavations two and a half feet below the C-listed wall’s foundation.

When asked, a spokesperson for the contractors said any damage to the remaining wall would be fixed.

And she confirmed the stone would be stored for reuse when the wall was reconstructed. At this time, she added, an expert stonemason would be on site to do the work.