Port Bannatyne boats and trailers still causing concern

The number of boats left on the Port Bannatyne seafront is a source of persistent annoyance to nearby residents - and members of Bute Community Council.

The number of boats left on the Port Bannatyne seafront is a source of persistent annoyance to nearby residents - and members of Bute Community Council.

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The long-running sore of boats on trailers being left for weeks or even months at a time on the Port Bannatyne seafront raised its head once again at Bute Community Council this week.

The organisation’s July meeting heard that police were reluctant to take action against the offending trailers in Marine Road unless a clear criminal offence could be identified.

BCC members, not for the first time, were concerned at the visual impact the trailers and their craft were having on the frontage of ‘the Port’.

Inspector Gordon Anderson, Police Scotland’s senior officer on the island, said: “I appreciate they look awful, but we’ve got to go with the law of the land and we can’t give someone a ticket just because something looks awful, however much I might agree with you.

“We’re struggling to come up with a criminal offence in relation to the boats. In the past there were up to 12 boats there, and that number has gone down to three or four, although I know there’s been an increase recently.”