Wemyss Bay delay ‘most sensible’, says Bute councillor

The decaying fendering at Wemyss Bay pier was cited as the main reason for closing the terminal for 16 weeks from March - a closure now delayed until (probably) September.
The decaying fendering at Wemyss Bay pier was cited as the main reason for closing the terminal for 16 weeks from March - a closure now delayed until (probably) September.

The decision to postpone the closure of the Wemyss Bay ferry terminal is “the most sensible one” made recently by the pier’s owners, according to one Bute councillor.

Robert Macintyre was reacting to the announcement by Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd on Monday that the 16-week closure of the facility is to be delayed, “most likely” until September, due to problems with the manufacture of new fendering for the front of the pier.

“I urged them to do this in November and was told that starting in October 2015 would cause problems due to bad weather,” Cllr Macintyre pointed out.

“I am glad the penny has finally dropped that the proposed ten-boats-a-day-to-Gourock exercise would have caused considerable delays and a result in loss of income to the island of Bute.

“The other factor to be taken into account is if, as they were saying recently, Wemyss Bay Pier is in a dangerous condition. Are they confident it will last until October?”