Prest­wick News Beach all set for sand dance

Dig­gers set to be un­leashed on eye­sore

Ayrshire Post - - PRESTWICK NEWS - Stu­art Wil­son

Coun­cil chiefs are fi­nally ready to splash the cash in a bid to clean up Prest­wick’s bat­tered beach.

The Post can re­veal a re­port to go be­fore key coun­cil­lors this month will sug­gest “sig­nif­i­cant spend­ing” on the eye­sore.

It fol­lows a year- long bat­tle to rid the sands of bricks and mor­tar.

Com­mu­nity lead­ers, who have la­belled the once- golden highway the “worst in the west of Scot­land,” now have their fin­gers crossed for the go- ahead.

It’s un­der­stood a spe­cially pre­pared re­port will rec­om­mend dig­gers get to work be­fore the on­set of win­ter.

The shore was forced to close last year fol­low­ing an as­bestos dis­cov­ery and has been plagued by other de­bris wash­ing up from nearby New­ton.

A breached sea wall in Ayr has been blamed for the on­go­ing prob­lems in Prest­wick, lead­ing to the beach be­com­ing a no- go zone.

Jim Ron­ney, who heads Prest­wick North Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, said: “We’re de­lighted to have reached this point on the road.

“The beach has be­come the wrong kind of sym­bol for the town and we need it in peak con­di­tion.

“Any tourist or fam­ily tak­ing one look at the sand in its cur­rent state would not want to spend time there.”

The coun­cil’s Lead­er­ship Panel will be told of plans to send ma­chin­ery on to the beach, dig­ging to a depth of half a me­tre.

If ap­proved, teams will sweep along the hard­est hit stretch from the old out­door swim­ming pool to the Queen’s Nurs­ing Home.

Jim added: “We’d be thrilled if this gets the nod – at long last there would be some light at the end of the tun­nel for ev­ery­one in the town.

“It’s high time this kind of sig­nif­i­cant spend­ing was di­rected our way.”

Coun­cil neigh­bour­hood ser­vices boss, Mike Ne­wall, said: “We’ve been re­search­ing the is­sue of de­bris be­ing washed up on Prest­wick beach as we work to iden­tify the best way of man­ag­ing the is­sue in the long term.

“Through­out this process we’ve taken a part­ner­ship ap­proach and have con­tin­ued to dis­cuss our plans with the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

“A re­port de­tail­ing a num­ber of op­tions is sched­uled to be put be­fore coun­cil­lors.”

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