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No end in sight as Ardbeg Point row rumbles on

Argyll and Bute Council has refused to accept the reinstatement of the former recreational land at Ardbeg Point

Argyll and Bute Council has refused to accept the reinstatement of the former recreational land at Ardbeg Point

 

The long-running row over the reinstatement of recreational land at Ardbeg Point on Bute appears no closer to a resolution after officers from Argyll and Bute Council said they were still not happy with ‘improvements’ carried out at the site.

Officials from Scottish Water - whose contractor, George Leslie Ltd, used the area as a site HQ while connecting homes in Ardbeg and Port Bannatyne to the Rothesay sewerage network in 2011 - held a private meeting with authority officials at the site this week, and were told the council, which owns the land, still did not regard the reinstatement work carried out so far to be of an acceptable standard.

A report has been circulated to members of Bute Community Council following that meeting, in which the council’s unhappiness at the condition of the ground is laid bare.

The report states that:

* the grass sward present on a site visit in late May was “very sparse, with a high percentage of weeds”;

* it is very clear that the depth of soil on site is not sufficient to establish a good dense grass sward;

* there is a build-up of hard core material at three inches below soil level, with the result that weeds and weed grasses have invaded the site;

* the whole area will reach saturation point very quickly due to the lack of depth of soil;

* drainage issues on the site still need to be addressed.

The subject is expected to be discussed further at Bute Community Council’s next meeting, to be held at Rothesay Pavilion this Wednesday, July 16.

 

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