Ardbeg Point row ‘still not settled’

The recreational land at Ardbeg Point.
The recreational land at Ardbeg Point.

The long-running dispute over the reinstatement of a patch of recreational land on Bute shows no sign of going away, the island’s community council has been told.

Argyll and Bute Council is still refusing to accept the reinstatement work carried out on the land at Ardbeg Point following its use as a work site in 2011.

The council agreed to let civil engineers George Leslie use the land as a site HQ for a Scottish Water project to connect homes in the Ardbeg and Port Bannatyne area to the Rothesay sewerage network - but only on the condition that it was returned to its original condition after the project’s completion.

Asked for an update at Bute Community Council’s September meeting, local Argyll and Bute councillor Robert Macintyre said: “We’re still not accepting it.

“The council has been in touch with Scottish Water, and the three Bute councillors were to go to a meeting with Scottish Water and George Leslie, but it never happened.

“I think it will be a long, drawn-out affair.”