Town Team hits ‘brick wall’ over boat

The Oban Times - - News -

FORT WIL­LIAM Town team has hit a brick wall when it comes to try­ing to have a beached boat re­moved from the shore front near the Old Fort.

The ‘Holly Rose’ fish­ing boat has been sit­ting on the shore since Fe­bru­ary 2, 2016 and the Town Team has grow­ing con­cerns over the eye­sore be­com­ing a po­ten­tial safety haz­ard as it rots away.

Town Team sec­re­tary Sue Keen told mem­bers at their meet­ing on Mon­day April 10 that she had be­ing try­ing for some time to con­tact the rel­e­vant bod­ies to have the boat taken away.

She said she had con­tacted the gov­ern­ment's Re­ceiver of Wreck, the body re­spon­si­ble for deal­ing with sal­vaging wrecked ves­sels, but they told her she would need to con­tact the boat’s owner as it was his re­spon­si­bil­ity to re­move the boat.

A Re­ceiver of Wreck spokesper­son told the Lochaber Times: ‘We have no power of wreck re­moval and we don’t have the staff or re­sources to re­move the boat. The re­spon­si­bil­ity lies with the le­gal owner.’

She added there was some statu­tory power for the boat to be forcibly re­moved if it be­came a nav­i­ga­tional haz­ard or im­peded other ves­sels.

She said if the boat starts to break down and de­bris starts to fall off and be­comes haz­ardous it could come within the realms of im­ped­ing nav­i­ga­tion but it would be down to an au­thor­ity such a har­bour master to re­move it.

In a case like this, where the boat is on pri­vately- owned land, the land owner – Trans­port Scot­land – has some power, she added.

Ms Keen told team mem­bers Trans­port Scot­land was not tak­ing any re­spon­si­bil­ity for the wreck, and nei­ther is the boat’s owner. She said she had ‘hit a brick wall’ with this is­sue. Town Team mem­ber Nor­rie MacLean told the

Lochaber Times: ‘The Holly Rose is go­ing to fall apart and be­come a hulk.’

Pho­to­graph: Abright­side Pho­tog­ra­phy.

The Holly Rose has been beached on the shore­line by the Old Fort for over two years and is rot­ting away.

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