Thirteen-months after the3towns revealed a massive hole on the sea-ward side of the harbour wall at Ardrossan, contractors have begun work to tackle the problem.
Over the past week, lorries have deposited a large quantity of stones onto the quay, which a mechanical digger then lifted over the seawall to allow the hole to be filled.
The length of time it has taken harbour owners Clydeport to carry out repairs led to concerns that the major breach in the sea-defence could have resulted in the structure of the quay being undermined. The internal area opposite the hole in the seawall is adjacent to the busy car park serving the Arran ferry.
In October 2011 – a month after the3towns first revealed the gaping hole in the harbour wall – divers were called in by Clydeport to carry out an underwater inspection of the damaged area, on both the seaward side and within the dock area. However, it has taken a full year since that inspection before remedial works began.
Other issues of concern previously highlighted by the3towns – a breach in the harbour’s breakwater and major damage to the foundations of the lighthouse – so far remain untouched by Clydeport.
In the last full-year accounts posted by the harbour owners, pre-tax profits of £10.4m were recorded. Clydeport also paid a £12m dividend to its parent company, the Manchester-based Peel Ports Group.