Visitors compelled to take action on Bunessan Pier mess

Visitors Audrey Baird and her husband were appalled by the mess at Bunessan Pier.

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Tourists sailing the West Coast as part of their holiday were so appalled by the state of the area around Mull’s Bunessan Pier that they have contacted council officials and the area’s MSP to try and get something done about it.

Audrey Baird and her husband came across the mess during an overnight anchor in July and after speaking to locals felt compelled to write to anyone who they thought would listen.

‘We were deeply saddened to speak with a number of residents who told us how desperate they were to see their pier and shoreline made safe and clean and how they had struggled with littering, fly-tipping and abuse of the environment at and around the pier for many, many years,’ she told The Oban Times.

‘Given that we all now know how damaging plastic pollution is for people and marine animals, it is appalling this pier is being trashed to such an extent.’

Mrs Baird wrote to three councillors, Roddy McCuish, Mary-Jean Devon and Jim Lynch and to Argyll and Bute MSP Jenni Minto.

‘I was told the pier is owned by the local authority,’ she added.

‘I also understand school children help with community beach cleans and it’s upsetting that some irresponsible people don’t respect children’s basic human right to grow up in an environment that isn’t being degraded by mindless polluters.

‘All the plastic and polypropylene ropes and other rubbish dumped in our seas are breaking down into tiny fragments and ending up in the fish we eat. We all need to stand up now and stop people who are creating this vast problem for current and future generations.’

Speaking to the Oban Times this week both Cllr Lynch and Jenni Minto said that they had raised the issues highlighted.

In the meantime Argyll and Bute Council has told us that they are currently engaging with pier users to get the area cleared.

A council spokesperson added: ‘We are committed to ensuring public spaces in Argyll and Bute are maintained to a high standard.

‘The fixed penalty notice for fly tipping is £200. If it is not paid, prosecution could result in a fine of up to £40,000.

‘We all have to play a part in keeping our communities free of rubbish by using the many waste and recycling facilities we have in Argyll and Bute.’

Anyone who has a concern about fly tipping can report it online at www.argyll-bute.gov.uk or by calling 01546 605514.’