Work con­tin­ues to save Lam­lash green

The Arran Banner - - News - Colin Smee­ton edi­tor@ar­ran­ban­ner.co.uk

Work to save the Lam­lash green from the rav­ages of the sea con­tin­ues apace with tons of rock ar­mour be­ing de­liv­ered to the site to shore up the dam­aged sea de­fences, which have al­lowed the green to erode away.

The restora­tion work, which started last week, has seen sec­tions of the dam­aged gabion bas­kets re­moved and re­placed with rock ar­mour which is be­ing de­liv­ered by the truck­load.

The for­mi­da­ble re­in­force­ments will be placed in front of the ex­ist­ing gabion bas­kets to in­crease its strength and to pre­vent fur­ther dam­age there, and to ei­ther side of the dam­aged sec­tion.

Eroded sec­tions of the bank will be re­in­stated with in­fill soil and will ex­tend from the re­main­ing green bank to the new rock ar­mour.

The work, which is in the cen­tre of the green, op­po­site the Glenisle Ho­tel, has seen the area fenced off and a new tem­po­rary road cre­ated across the green to al­low the trucks ac­cess to the beach where dig­gers are work­ing to move rocks into place.

With­out the restora­tion work, a two-year-old con­sul­ta­tion re­port on the rapidly de­clin­ing green, in­di­cated that the green ero­sion would con­tinue and within a decade, at the least, would be lost for­ever if re­me­dial ac­tion was not taken.

The work is be­ing car­ried out by con­trac­tors for North Ayr­shire Coun­cil which re­cently com­pleted a legal process af­ter the land was gifted to the coun­cil by Lady Jean Fforde. The restora­tion and pre­ven­ta­tive work is sched­uled to con­tinue for at least an­other three weeks, de­pend­ing on the weather.

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Clock­wise from top: Con­struc­tion ma­chin­ery ma­nip­u­lates the large boul­ders in po­si­tion.

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A lorry un­loads rock ar­mour to be used to shore up the Lam­lash site.

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A small sec­tion of green that is be­ing re­paired and re­placed.

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