The Oban Times - - District -

RES­I­DENTS of Queen El­iz­a­beth Cot­tages at Fur­nace have been pro­tected from coastal ero­sion thanks to a ma­jor en­gi­neer­ing project.

The £95,000 scheme, paid for by Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil and Scot­tish Wa­ter, saw the in­stal­la­tion of 2,000 tonnes of rock ‘ar­mour’ along a 140-me­tre stretch of coast­line by the An­der­son Group of In­ver­ness.

Rock ar­mour is rock or other ma­te­rial used to pro­tect shore­lines, stream beds, bridge abut­ments, pil­ings and other shore­line struc­tures against scour and wa­ter or ice ero­sion.

Orig­i­nally fore­cast to last 10 weeks, the scheme be­gan in early April and has been com­pleted four weeks early and within bud­get.

Coun­cil­lor Ellen Mor­ton said: ‘Some­thing had to be done to pro­tect these houses from coastal ero­sion and we were pleased to be able to work in part­ner­ship with Scot­tish Wa­ter to com­plete the work.

‘The project was quite com­plex and in­volved car­ry­ing out strength­en­ing works to a coastal em­bank­ment while work­ing next to the Scot­tish Wa­ter plant. We would like to thank peo­ple for their pa­tience and co- op­er­a­tion dur­ing this work.’

Ruar­idh MacGre­gor, Scot­tish Wa­ter’s community team man­ager for Ar­gyll and Bute, said: ‘The work in­volved was chal­leng­ing. We were pleased to play our part in this ef­fec­tive part­ner­ship work­ing be­tween Scot­tish Wa­ter and Ar­gyll and Bute Coun­cil, and to help de­liver a so­lu­tion.’

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