Bigger pier plan passed for Ulva

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Plans to make Ulva Pier bigger have been given the go-ahead by council chiefs.

Proposals by North West Mull Community Woodland Company also involves providing extra berths and a hard standing area for storing fishing gear.

No objections were received from the public or from statutory consultees so the plans sailed through with approval.

As well as being used by the fishing community, the pier is also used as part of a lifeline ferry service for the community including getting children from Ulva over to school on Mull.

Planners were told in a report the ferry is a small open passenger boat and is very susceptible to the wind-driven waves  generated across the short fetch to the south.

It is proposed to build a small rubble mound breakwater to the south of the pier to make a sheltered area, which will be particularly welcome by school youngsters.

The extension means users will be able to get access to the pier during  all tides. The current one is not accessible at low water on spring tides and has limited access at high tide because it is mostly underwater.

To make improvements to it, the proposal is to to lengthen it by 4.5m into deeper water  and  heighten it by 0.5m.

Works will involve both marine construction below the mean high water springs, as well as  above the mean low water springs  and a marine licence to carry out that work is being applied for.

Planners were told the development would not impact  the historic or natural environments of the site.