Published: 18/12/2012 16:39 - Updated: 19/12/2012 09:29

Kingston sea defence move

VILLAGERS who looked on as massive waves crashed over a shingle bank which acts as a barrier to the sea, could soon get some added protection.

The lagoon in Kingston where the council is to look at defence measures.
The lagoon in Kingston where the council is to look at defence measures.

Moray Council has agreed to look at measures to enhance the protection for residents living in Kingston.

The exceptional storm of last weekend has lowered the natural shingle bank which acts as a buffer against the sea.

Despite a coastal protection expert saying the village was not in need of any major defences and that the shingle bank would repair naturally, councillors voted to look at reinforcing a grass embankment on which houses sit.

Council officials will assess what is needed to strengthen the village's defences.

Local councillors welcomed the move, although a plea to have shingle which washed into a lagoon known locally as 'The Hole' during the storm dragged back onto the shingle bank was ruled out as too costly and likely to make the shingle more unstable.

For more on this story and a general round up of the impact of the storm see 'The Northern Scot'.

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