A PETITION against fishing restrictions placed on Rothesay pier has gained more than three hundred signatures in less than a week.
Back in July we reported that the area on the pier where fishing had been permitted had been considerably restricted, following reports that a ferry crewman had injured himself on a hook embedded in mooring ropes and claims of vandalism in the vicinity.
A short while later, fishing at Albert Pier was also prohibited.
Roger Browning, the local angler who personally delivered the petition to Councillor Robert Macintyre, told us: “When the new boats arrived and the pier altered to suit them, we were told we could have the west end of the pier to fish.
“But since then it’s been blocked off and made smaller, and we’ve now got less than a third of the original space. All we want is to get back to how it used to be. It’s not much to ask.”
On concerns about vandalism, Mr Browning said: “In the last six weeks I’ve been down at the pier every day, and I’ve talked to folk there, reminding them not to leave anything behind, asking them clear up after themselves and that they fish where they’re authorised to. I’ve not witnessed any problems.”
“I’d like to see the proof that someone ripped their hand open, and then we can talk about that along with everything else.”
Councillor Robert Macintyre told The Buteman: “I’ve passed the petition on to Martin Gorringe [marine and airports manager with Argyll and Bute Council] and have asked him to arrange a meeting between the parties concerned and the three councillors.
“Because of the size of the petition, Mr Gorringe thinks it best the report be considered by the harbour board at the next [Bute and Cowal] area committee – so the committee will deliberate on it and decide how to proceed.”