Estate to probe foul smell in Bute village

Residents of Kilchattan Bay have been plagued by a foul odour coming from the stretch of beach opposite the community orchard, which, when the wind is blowing from the west, is being spread over the entire village.
Residents of Kilchattan Bay have been plagued by a foul odour coming from the stretch of beach opposite the community orchard, which, when the wind is blowing from the west, is being spread over the entire village.

The Bute Estate is to look into the removal of rotting seaweed whose foul odour has been plaguing villagers in Kilchattan Bay for several weeks.

The topic was discussed for a second time by Bute Community Council this week, with no end in sight to the obnoxious smell left by piles of seaweed on the shore at the west end of the village.

The meeting heard that according to SEPA, the problem was naturally occurring and was the result of the warmer temperatures of recent months, combined with an absence of the windier weather which would normally carry dead seaweed away from the shore.

But following BCC’s meeting on Wednesday, October 15, secretary Mick Common contacted Bute Estate factor Bob Baines, and has been advised that the Estate will look into the costs and practicalities involved in removing the offending seaweed.