‘Obnoxious smell’ plagues Kilchattan Bay 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.

A foul smell has been plaguing the village of Kilchattan Bay, forcing residents to keep their windows closed and stopping visitors from sitting outside.

Councillor Len Scoullar told those present at the most recent meeting of Bute Community Council on Wednesday, September 17: “There’s an obnoxious smell at the orchard, at the turn in the road.

“Joe McCabe (council amenity officer) and I and met Henry [Henry Tait of Scottish Water] there with his colleagues. I think it’s the seaweed that’s lying on the corner, but I can’t be sure.

““It’s been reported to SEPA and we’re waiting on a report from them. The residents are, rightfully so, very concerned about it.”

Kilchattan Bay resident, Stewart Bissell, who attended the meeting, said: “The smell is highly insulting. There are two issues: what’s causing the excessive production of seaweed? The second is what can we do about the smell?

“This is chasing people away. I’ve seen people say ‘I’m not staying here, it’s stinking’.

“A local shop in the area has seats outside, and people are refusing to sit and have a coffee when the wind’s blowing from the west.

“They have to keep their windows shut, and it’s got to the extent that my wife was nearly physically sick.

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