Prestwick News Beach all set for sand dance
Diggers set to be unleashed on eyesore
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.”