BCC to ask for help with Kilchattan Bay seaweed problem

Residents of Kilchattan Bay were plagued by foul-smelling seaweed on the village's beach last year, and there are concerns the problem is starting to build again.
Residents of Kilchattan Bay were plagued by foul-smelling seaweed on the village's beach last year, and there are concerns the problem is starting to build again.

Bute Community Council has agreed to write to Mount Stuart Trust to ask if anything can be done about an ongoing seaweed problem on the shore at Kilchattan Bay.

Mount Stuart Trust, which owns the foreshore, was approached last year and asked to remove seaweed from the beach which was omitting an “obnoxious smell” after numerous complaints from residents.

The trust responded by saying they would monitor the situation, with island ranger, Ian Brown, agreeing to “manage and coordinate its removal in a way that doesn’t cause any damage to the environment” if intervention becomes necessary in the future.

Bute Community Councillor, Ellen Cromack, commented that the seaweed is starting to build up on the beach again, with a member of the public adding that the smell from the rotting seaweed last year was “nauseating”.

It was agreed that Bute Community Council secretary, Mick Common, should write to the Trust to ask if anything could be done.