Pensioner defends her actions over sea defences

A pensioner who faces a £400 bill from the council for protecting her home against the winter storms has spoken out at the local authority’s attitude.

Bridget Hillman from Ben Laggan on the shoreline at Monreith had to rush to repalce the sea defences decimated in the first tidal surge in January when the second surge headed her way in February.

With the storm approaching, the widow, who lived alone, had only time to get permission from the landowner to replace the defences and get a contractor to move stones between the shoreline and the boundary of her property to save her home from the force of the waves.

But according to the council’s planning department, Mrs Hillman now faces applying for and paying £386 for retrospective planning application, because she didn’t use the same sized rocks as the ones that were washed away.