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The BBC reports a spat between Montrose golf course and the city of Aberdeen:
About 100,000 tonnes of sand has been earmarked to be taken from Montrose to shore up the Aberdeen beachfront. However golfers in the Angus town say the proposal means that their erosion threatened course could be sacrificed.
There’s a long story behind all this, as ever. It seems that Aberdeen’s ‘golden mile’ was threatened when a storm began washing away the sand in 2003. Predictions suggested that the entire beach could be lost in 100 years’ time. Rejecting the cheaper and much uglier rock armour solution, the more expensive beach recharge method was chosen, whereby sand is pumped onto the beach from offshore, having been dredged up from elsewhere. There was also a bit of a turf war between the Scottish Executive and Aberdeen, involving lots of large sums of money, but if you want to know about that you can go and read about it somewhere else. The end result was a scheme that costs