Erosion and coastal flooding study at Fisherman’s Walk

Serious costal erosion threatens to wash away parts of the path.

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A major study of coastal erosion effects on the Fisherman’s Walk path in Brodick is to be conducted after funding was secured by the Arran Access Trust.

The study will assess the long-term impact of both erosion and sea-level change on the mile-long path between the Co-op convenience store and Cladach.

The path is one of the island’s busiest and it provides picturesque off-road access to some of the island’s most popular attractions.

However, regular users of the path will know that the route is often impassable at high tide; in storm conditions, which the island is experiencing more often, large parts of the golf course are submerged. Near the Co-op there are also significant concerns over the long-term future of the playpark, putting green and tennis courts.

Malcolm Wilkinson of the Arran Access Trust said: ‘While much work has been done over the years to stabilise the coastline, including the recent works on the banks of the Cloy Burn, this study is an opportunity to consider the long-term options for this important and much-loved coastline.

‘The study will provide maps forecasting the likely changes to the coastline over 10, 50, and 200-year periods. These will be used to design potential intervention opportunities including basic maintenance, managed realignment of the path, soft engineering, and engineered coastal defences.’

The study is to be carried out by the Glasgow-based environmental consultancy Envirocentre.

The maps and proposed long-term solutions will be made available for public comment and discussion.

An open online meeting will be held in late March to discuss the findings of the project. Further details will be publicised in the Banner in the coming weeks.

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