Erosion worries

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The long term forecasts for the erosion of the Arran coastline are worrying indeed.

We say ‘long term’ but given that erosion normally takes thousands if not millions of years to make a drastic impact – 30 years seems a very short period of time indeed.

But in that time both Brodick and Lamlash could have lost their front greens and the main road at Machrie washed away. And this is not just any old wild forecasts these as serious university commissioned government studies which cannot be dismissed as mere scaremongering.

Yes, research is now starting into just what can be done both locally, by the Ayrshire councils and nationally by the government’s Dynamic Coast project, but everyone knows how hard it is to turn back the march of the tide.

And while it may be a bit of being too little too late, it is at least good to see the government report directly blaming the removal of sand from Brodick beach in the 70s and 80s for the present problems.

Arran residents can go online or attend the meeting on Arran later this month to see the full extent of just what erosion will mean to the island in the coming years. We hope its not too late to act.