CMAL underestimates Bute concern over Wemyss Bay closure

CalMac's Rothesay winter relief ferry MV Coruisk, pictured at Wemyss Bay ferry terminal.
CalMac's Rothesay winter relief ferry MV Coruisk, pictured at Wemyss Bay ferry terminal.

The company which owns Wemyss Bay ferry terminal has admitted that it underestimated the level of concern on Bute at the impact of the forthcoming work at the pier.

Officials from Caledonian Maritime Assets Limited (CMAL) said they were “more than happy” to hold a public meeting on the island giving residents more information about the closure of the pier for a 16-week period in 2015 and the consequences for the Rothesay ferry service.

Speaking at Bute Community Council’s November monthly meeting this week, senior CMAL civil engineer Brian Sydney said: “The intention was to have a meeting at Wemyss Bay, because people there will suffer inconvenience as a result of the work, but of course it is on Bute that people will suffer inconvenience as a result of the changes to the service.

“Because the physical work at Wemyss Bay doesn’t impact on the environment of the people on Bute, we hadn’t considered holding a meeting here. But we’re very happy to do that - and also to involve the contractor once an appointment is made.

“In terms of the infrastructure work delivery, that will be necessarily a communication exercise. The means of delivery, the design and so on are pretty much fixed.

“The question of service delivery is clearly a consultation exercise, and we are more than happy to come to Rothesay and undertake that process so that everyone is aware of timescales and so on.”

No date or venue has yet been announced for the meeting, but we’ll publish the details on this site and in print as soon as we receive them.