Ardbeg Point: a comedy of errors or a catalogue of disaster?

The recreational land at Ardbeg Point which was used as a work site in 2011 and has still not been restored to its original condition.
The recreational land at Ardbeg Point which was used as a work site in 2011 and has still not been restored to its original condition.

The ongoing battle to have a popular Bute recreation area restored to its original condition has been described in scathing terms by the island’s community council.

Giving BCC members an update on the attempts to have Ardbeg Point restored to the condition it was in before being used as a site HQ by contractors working on a project to connect the area to the Rothesay sewerage network in 2011, local Argyll and Bute councillor Robert Macintyre said: “It’s just a catalogue of disaster.”

That description was offered in response to BCC treasurer Ian Hopkins, who called the continuing saga “a comedy of errors”.

Councillor Macintyre said a new report was now recommending that six inches of topsoil be put on the site to encourage grass to grow, rather than four as previously recommended by an official from the Scottish Agricultural College.

“I’ve sent this report to the chief executive of [contractors] George Leslie,” Cllr Macintyre said, “who said he was shocked to hear about this and would make every effort to do something.

“Unfortunately we’re now running out of time for the area to be successfully re-seeded this year - for that to happen the grass seed should really be in by mid-August.”