Summons threat in harbour row

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Argyll and Bute Council is set to be served with a court summons for damages on behalf of a Rothesay businessman who was forced to berth his ship away from its home port for more than five years.

Lawyer Sir Adrian Shinwell told The Buteman this week that he expected to serve the summons seeking “significant damages” - which we understand to be in the region of £200,000 to £250,000 - within the next few weeks.

Sir Adrian, from the Glasgow firm Kerr Barrie LLP, is acting on behalf of Calum McMillan, the owner of local firm Argyll Workboats, who was asked to temporarily remove his vessel, Seahorse II, from the harbour so that improvement works could be carried out.

But Seahorse II was not permitted to return to Rothesay until July this year - even though the harbour repairs were completed in 2009.

Sir Adrian told The Buteman: “I anticipate raising a summons against Argyll and Bute Council for significant damages in the Court of Session within a matter of weeks.”

Mr McMillan was only allowed to bring Seahorse II back to the harbour on the evening of July 15 after getting the go-ahead from the council’s then executive director of development and infrastructure services, Sandy McTaggart, as his ship was approaching the pier.

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