Brodick oil leak was from domestic tank

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An oil leak which was causing concern in the centre of Brodick has been prevented from causing any further spillage into the sea.

Over the weekend there were widespread reports of a strong unpleasant oil smell which appeared to be coming from the burn running between the former  McLaren Hotel and the crazy golf course.

The leak was first noticed last Friday owing to its pungent smell but the person was unable to locate where the odour was coming from. Following further investigations over the weekend the oil, which was suspected to be domestic heating oil, was discovered in the water in the burn which runs down from the areas near Alma Road, Hillview and Brathwick Place.

The leak was reported to Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) on Monday who acted quickly to assess the situation and address the problem.

A spokesman for SEPA said: ‘Following a report from a member of the public, a SEPA officer visited the location of the oil spill on Tuesday afternoon and located the source which was a domestic oil tank. Action has been taken to address the issue and on assessment there has been no significant environmental impact.

‘If anyone is concerned about any incidents of potential pollution please call our 24 hour Pollution Hotline on 0800 80 70 60 or use our online reporting form at’

The polluted water ran into the small burn from the area above Brodick.

Domestic heating oil is evident at the outlet pipe near the Brodick slipway. 01_B35spill01

The polluted water ran down the small burn at the former McLaren Hotel. 01_B35spill02