Two Bute councillors have hit out at the attitude of a civil engineering company towards the reinstatement of a popular patch of recreational land on the island.
George Leslie Ltd promised to reinstate the land at Ardbeg Point to its previous condition after using the area as a site HQ for a Scottish Water contract in 2011.
But two and a half years after the contract was completed, both nearby residents and the site’s owners, Argyll and Bute Council, are adamant that reinstatement work carried out in the spring has still left the site a long way short of an acceptable condition.
At Bute Community Council’s monthly meeting this week, convener Grace Strong reported on a private meeting with representatives of Scottish Water, George Leslie and the council which she attended at Ardbeg Point on July 6.
Miss Strong told the meeting: “George Leslie’s representative said the site was very much better than it was before, and to give it another year.
“I said ‘no way, it’s still totally unsatisfactory’. It’s perhaps slightly better since the drains were put in by George Leslie but it’s not anywhere near to what it was before.”
Councillor Robert Macintyre said in response: “George Leslie, away at the outset of the job, held a meeting at the Ardbeg Lodge Hotel and promised residents that if they got the use of the site as a work base, they would return it to the condition it was in before work started.
“Using that site must have saved them an absolute fortune on the job. The people of Ardbeg are still extremely angry.”
Councillor Isobel Strong added: “George Leslie said they would put it back to exactly the way it was. Scottish Water commissioned George Leslie - George Leslie are the contractors, so that’s where the blame lies.”