Bridge in danger at Fisherman’s Walk

The extent of the erosion can be seen on both sides of the Glencloy Water near the footbridge.

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By Hugh Boag

There are growing fears that the bridge over the Glencloy Water at the Fisherman’s Walk in Brodick could be completely washed away in a severe winter storm.

The loss of the bridge would be a huge blow to the many dog walkers, hikers, runners and cyclists who daily use the popular coastal route to Cladach.

But erosion of the banks of the Glencloy Water have become so serious, at the far end of Brodick beach, that it has already seriously undermined the foundations of the bridge, and as one dog walker told the Banner: ‘If the bridge goes, that’s the end of the walk.’

The situation became so bad in October that North Ayrshire Council was forced to erect a fence after cones and other temporary measures were damaged. However, it said its hands were tied awaiting on permissions from Marine Scotland to carry out work on the foreshore.

Following further pressure from Brodick Improvements Committee, which has been working hard behind the scenes to secure urgent action, the council confirmed this week it was to carry out some temporary remedial works – hopefully before Christmas. A supply of rock was delivered to the site last weekend.

The plight of the long term future of the Fisherman’s Walk, part of the Arran Coastal Trail, has been a concern for a number of years but in recent years there has been a huge change with winter storms, particularly east winds, causing major erosion damage.

In August the Banner highlighted that part of the path at Brodick Golf Club was already under water at high tide and a large section of path beyond the boardwalk, coming from the Brodick end, had all but been washed away.

One persistent difficulty has always been that while North Ayrshire Council maintains the path it does not own the land, which belongs to Arran Estates.

Another problem is that debris from the historical coup under the green at Brodick beach is now leaching from the banks of the Glencloy Water and being washed out to sea.

A council spokesman the Banner: ‘We are aware of the issues and have submitted an application for a licence to carry out repairs with Marine Scotland.

‘This is currently under consideration but, in the meantime, we are hopeful Marine Scotland will allow us to carry out some temporary remedial works. We would hope to carry these out before Christmas.’