CalMac officials to attend Rothesay public meeting

A view looking upwards at the underside of Wemyss Bay pier - part of the reason the terminal is closing for 16 weeks from Monday, March 2 for major repairs. (Image courtesy of CMAL)
A view looking upwards at the underside of Wemyss Bay pier - part of the reason the terminal is closing for 16 weeks from Monday, March 2 for major repairs. (Image courtesy of CMAL)

Officials from Caledonian MacBrayne are to attend a further public meeting in Rothesay to give a further update on the implications of closing Wemyss Bay pier - just days before the terminal shuts for large-scale repairs.

Simon Richmond, CalMac’s area manager for the upper Clyde, has accepted an invitation to a special Bute Community Council meeting on Thursday, February 26 - only four days before the start of a 16-week closure of Wemyss Bay, which will see Rothesay’s ferries diverted to and from Gourock from Monday, March 2.

Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd, which owns the Wemyss Bay terminal, is also expected to be represented at the meeting, at which the Wemyss Bay closure is the only item on the agenda.

The meeting will take place at the Green Tree Cafe, within the Moat Community Centre in Rothesay, at 7.30pm, and members of the public are welcome to attend and to ask questions of those present. (The change to BCC’s usual meeting place, the Pavilion cafe, being due to the AGM of VisitBute, which is taking place at the latter venue on the same night.)

Major work is to be carried out on the linkspan, fendering and roundhead at Wemyss Bay during the closure, along with repairs to the A-listed covered walkway linking the pier and the nearby railway station - itself already undergoing significant refurbishment.

If the work proceeds on schedule the terminal will re-open to ferry traffic at the end of June.

Mr Richmond and other CalMac officials attended BCC’s meeting in November, while Mr Richmond himself was also present at a meeting in December organised by CMAL to explain the implications of, and reasons behind, the closure in more detail.