Pier lifts fixed - but for how long?

THE lifts on Rothesay Pier’s passenger gangways were returned to service last Friday after more than a fortnight out of action.

But the persistent problems with the two lifts - which between them have been broken for more than two hundred of the last three hundred days - have prompted Bute councillor Robert Macintyre to call for their urgent replacement.

The lifts were manufactured by Saxon, installed by the pier contractor Balfour Beatty and are maintained by Stannah, of stairlift fame.

Cllr Macintyre told us the authority should use money which has been withheld from the pier’s contractor, Balfour Beatty, to pay for replacement lifts.

A spokesperson for Argyll and Bute Council said: “The lifts have not given good service - that is why we are holding back money from Balfour Beatty.

“We are keeping that money until the lifts are fit for purpose.

“We do regret the inconvenience to passengers, and are pursuing the contractor as hard as we can to find a permanent solution.”

We asked the council how much the lifts had originally cost, how much had been withheld but were told it would be inappropriate to release such information because of commercial confidentiality.

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