Kilmallie and Ardgour residents lodge port plan objections

CORPACH HARBOUR

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Kilmallie Community Council has now formally lodged its written objection to proposals for the Sunday berthing and disembarking of vessels at Corpach port.

It was last month the council agreed unanimously to submit an objection to the application to vary existing planning consent conditions from local hauliers and port operators, Boyd Brothers (Haulage) Ltd.

In its letter, the community council stated: ‘ Over the last few years Kilmallie Community Council has received more complaints about noise and disturbance from activities by Boyd Brothers than any other company in the area.

‘However, noise from other operators at Annat, including BSW [sawmill operator] has also been a concern. All these noise issues need to be adequately addressed before any further activities or extensions to working hours are permitted.

‘Although the berthing of vessels in itself does not cause significant disturbance, it will directly facilitate activities that have given rise to a large number of complaints, particularly the loading of timber and bashing logs against blocks in order to line them up before loading.

‘We have proposed the establishment of a liaison group to include all the operators at Annat as well as Highland Council officials, SEPA, residents and the relevant community councils.

‘The aim of the group would be to find satisfactory solutions for everyone to any noise, disturbance or other environmental impacts. If it can be proven that the issues that are causing concern can be satisfactorily addressed through the ongoing work of a liaison group then we would be pleased to reconsider our objection to Sunday berthing in the fullness of time, but certainly not at present.’

The issue of pollution and disturbance at the port also reared its head at the recent meeting of Ardgour Community Council, with a number of residents on the opposite side of the loch from the port also lodging formal objections.