Friday, 21 February 2014

Saltcoats storm damage

Recent storms have left areas around Saltcoats harbour and the town’s east promenade looking battered and bruised.

North Ayrshire Council has erected barriers preventing cars from driving onto the quay at Saltcoats, while the prom between the town and Stevenston has been closed to vehicles and pedestrians for weeks.

Cllr Ronnie McNicol this week told the3towns that officials from North Ayrshire Council are examining the extent of damage in the harbour area. In addition, the local authority is understood to be in liaison with Network Rail, which has some responsibility for the structure of the east promenade due to the adjacent Glasgow-Largs-Ardrossan Harbour line.

Major repairs were last carried out to the prom in January 2012. At the time, the3towns reported a storm in late December 2011 had caused damage that resulted in seawater breaching the structure, scouring-out backfill material leading to the surface collapsing in some places.

the3towns also revealed that, as far back as May 2008, Saltcoats Community Council raised with North Ayrshire Council concerns over a lack of general maintenance at the promenade, even going as far as asking the local authority if the area would “benefit from more sea defences being put in place to break up the tidal force.”

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