Progress please

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It has taken a long time, but could we at last be mak­ing some progress to fix Ar­drossan har­bour?

While the com­mu­ni­ties’ up­date on Ar­ran this week of­fered lit­tle new in the way of de­tailed plans, the pre­sen­ta­tion at least gave the trav­el­ling pub­lic the first look at what they can hope to find when the works are com­plete.

The pro­pos­als came with a pledge that Peel Ports, North Ayr­shire Coun­cil and part­ners are in­vest­ing £15.5 mil­lion in the im­prove­ment works and that work should be ready to start in a year and be com­pleted in 2020.

What is ex­tremely clear, how­ever, is that there is still an aw­ful lot of work to do in the next 12 months if work is to start on time.

And there re­main a lot of unan­swered ques­tions. Where will the Ar­ran ferry berth while the works are be­ing car­ried out, given both the Brod­ick berth and the Ir­ish berth, cur­rently out of ac­tion, are both to be re­de­vel­oped?

Also given, it is hoped, that the new MV Glen San­nox comes into ser­vice at some point next year, can the ex­ist­ing fa­cil­i­ties cope to han­dle her?

And what dis­rup­tion do the ferry ser­vices, and the long-suf­fer­ing pub­lic, face dur­ing the works?

An­swers please.

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