‘No action on seaweed odour,’ says Bute Estate

The village of Kilchattan Bay at the south end of Bute.
The village of Kilchattan Bay at the south end of Bute.

The Mount Stuart Trust does not intend to remove any seaweed from the foreshore at Kilchattan Bay - despite several weeks of complaint from village residents.

Bute Community Council wrote to Bute Estate factor Bob Baines this week outlining villagers’ concerns at the foul smell emanating from the rotting plants.

But the Trust, which owns the foreshore in the village, said removing the seaweed presented a risk to the seashore ecosystem.

Mr Baines said: “The exceptional summer on Bute has played its part in the growth and then the decomposition of the seaweed and the resulting foul smell.

“The smell was no longer noticeable when I walked the beach this weekend over and above the usual ‘seaside smell’, itself the result of decaying organic matter.”

* Full story in the October 24 issue of The Buteman - on sale now.