Issues over a lack of maintenance at Ardrossan Harbour have again emerged with the shocking photo (above), which was passed to the3towns this week.
The photograph shows a massive hole has emerged in the harbour’s sea wall, with water appearing to have ‘hollowed-out’ part of the structure. The person who took the photo told the3towns, “This isn’t a small hole, it’s huge. It has taken a while for seawater to cause that sort of damage, so you have to question how long it has been since Clydeport has even carried out an inspection of the sea wall.”
Raising further concerns, the person continued, “It looks as if the sea has hollowed-out part of the structure behind the wall, which means that the pier could be undermined.”
the3towns has previously highlighted the lack of maintenance at the harbour breakwater, which now has gaping hole in it. This latest revelation, with the sea wall, raises serious questions for Clydeport, owners of Ardrossan Harbour. Previous approaches to Clydeport by the3towns, seeking answers regarding the lack of maintenance at Ardrossan, went unanswered.
Speaking after being shown the photo of the damage to the sea wall, an Ardrossan community activist commented, “It’s an absolute disgrace, but doesn’t surprise me.”
The man continued, “Clydeport aren’t interested in spending money in Ardrossan, they are only interested in making money from it,” a reference to the company having sold land for housing developments around the harbour basin and from the creation of a yachting marina.
Recently Ardrossan Independent councillor John Hunter was angered to discover stones from the town’s historic Customs House had been ‘dumped’ on a pier at the harbour, rather than having been stored securely so they could be used in a planned new development of offices and flats. Part of the consent granted to Clydeport that allowed demolition of the 150 year-old Customs House was that stones from the building’s curved facade were to be incorporated into the new-build development.
Reacting to the evidence of damage to the sea wall, Cllr Hunter said, “Unfortunately, this is another example of Clydeport’s lack of maintenance to the infrastructure at Ardrossan Harbour. The photo shows what appears to be a substantial hole, which causes me concern regarding the stability of what lies above the damage. If the pier has been undermined, then there are Health and Safety issues that could present a danger to the public.”
Cllr Hunter indicated he would raise the matter with Council officials.