CalMac boss to attend public meeting in Rothesay

CalMac's Rothesay ferry service will be diverted to sail to and from Gourock for four months from February 2015.
CalMac's Rothesay ferry service will be diverted to sail to and from Gourock for four months from February 2015.

Caledonian MacBrayne’s area operations manager for the Clyde is to visit Bute next month to shed more light on the closure next year of the Wemyss Bay ferry terminal for repairs.

Simon Richmond has accepted an invitation to speak at Bute Community Council’s next meeting, on Wednesday, November 19.

Mr Richmond is likely to face several questions on the implications of last month’s announcement that Rothesay’s ferry service is to be diverted to Gourock for four months from February 2015 to allow essential repairs to be carried out to the pier at Wemyss Bay.

Local councillor Len Scoullar warned BCC members this week: “The Wemyss Bay project will probably run into June. When contractors open up a pier for work like this they don’t know what they’re going to find.”

A contract for the Wemyss Bay work is expected to be awarded this month, with further information on the likely disruption to the service to follow in November.

Bute Community Council’s meeting on November 19 takes place at Rothesay Pavilion and starts at 7pm. Members of the public are welcome to attend.