New concerns were raised this week over the lack of maintenance at Ardrossan Harbour.
The fresh issues relate to a prominent area of the ‘regenerated’ marina development and to the zone marked for expansion of the yachting enterprise. Previously, the3towns has highlighted serious concerns over a breach in the seawall and a gaping hole in the breakwater.
The above photos show serious damage to what was formerly the ‘tanker berth’ at Ardrossan Harbour, and a patch-up job to repair damaged paving at a landscaped part of the marina. The tanker berth is earmarked as the next phase for an expansion of the marina and additional housing. North Ayrshire Council is currently considering a planning application from the Irvine Bay Regeneration Company in relation to this area of the harbour. However, the extent of damage to sea defences at this point suggests major works will be required to prevent further erosion prior to any development.
In addition, two areas of block-paving on the pier next to housing in Mariners View, which were damaged during storms that lashed the Ayrshire coast last December, have been filled with loose stones, rather than being properly repaired. An Ardrossan man who spoke to the3towns at the time the above photos were taken said, “It’s just par for the course. It’s make do and mend here. Clydeport [owners of the harbour] is only interested in making money. If it involves them spending money, they don’t want to know.”
The man continued, “Look at the state of the block-paving. This is supposed to be the jewel in Ardrossan’s crown – the yachting marina and luxury housing – but they just dump a load of stones into the holes and leave it. What does that say to visitors?”
Last week the3towns reported the concerns of Ardrossan’s Independent councillor John Hunter in relation to the nearby site of the former Shell refinery. Cllr Hunter branded the area the Three Towns’ biggest “derelict site”, adding that recent works to decontaminate the soil had left it “looking like a wasteland.”
John Hunter indicated he hoped to organise a meeting of local residents once he had taken-up their concerns with the Irvine Bay Regeneration Company. “Local people are right to be concerned about the site,” said the councillor. “I intend to find out from Irvine Bay why the area has been left in its current condition, and what the company intends to do with it now. We know the long-term plan involves a housing development, but how long do Irvine Bay think it’s appropriate to leave a massive derelict site on Ardrossan’s shorefront?”