More work at Balkenna and Dowhill – 12 April

Last week we had a squad of 10 out (yes 10) including new member Pat McCall. Along with Jimmy, Ron, John D, Peter R, Pat, Chris, Di, Tim, Ian and Bob we continued preparations for the new bridge at Balkenna and finished off a section of beach cleaning at Dowhill. Good progress was made on both fronts, with another impressive pile of rubbish ready for uplifting by the Council. Not a bad haul! The foundations on the North side of the burn have been levelled, with 3 layers of re-cycled slabs now in place, and the foundation excavation on the South side has been completed ready for stone and slab work. North Bank South...
Start made to new bridge at Balkenna

Start made to new bridge at Balkenna

Heavy work started Last week we made a good start to our bridge at Balkenna and have dug out the base for the north abutment, getting the first base level fixed. This will let us speed on with laying the concrete slab flat bed for our byre-slats abutments this week. Opportunity has been taken to finish of the cleaning of the Dowhill beach which it was not possible to complete on the day of the official beach clean. Plenty willing pickers still keen to do a good...
Milton Pipe Bridge Repairs Complete

Milton Pipe Bridge Repairs Complete

We have been advised by DuPont that the repairs to the recently storm-damaged bridge and pipes at the Milton burn are now complete. When inspected, there was a strong flow of water running through the culverts, and the ground on the bridge has been infilled. The warning signage on the two stiles on either side have now been removed and it is safe for walkers to use the bridge once...
13th Annual South Ayrshire Rotary Beach Clean Success

13th Annual South Ayrshire Rotary Beach Clean Success

What a magnificent turnout and performance at the recent Big Rotary Beach Clean, coordinated by Ayr Rotary Club with support from the other clubs of Troon, Prestwick, Alloway and Girvan. This was the biggest one ever and included for the first time the beaches at South Harbour, Ayr and at Curragh, north of Girvan, in addition to those at Troon, Prestwick, Newton, Seafield, Doonfoot, Greenan, Craig Tara, Bracken Bay, Dunure, North Croy, Dowhill, Dipple, Girvan and Ballantrae. More than 15 miles of coastline were tackled by over 300 willing and cheerful volunteers who collected the equivalent of 625 large bags of rubbish and other debris. The mile-long beach at Curragh generated the largest collection because this had not been cleaned previously. However, the good news is that all other beaches showed a reduction from previous years which suggests that the annual beach clean is making a big impression and a progressively improving situation. Although it was not practical this year to separate plastic litter from other types of marine detritus the proportion of plastic is very high and was last year estimated at 93%. Next year it is hoped that an attempt can be made to segregate the main waste material types as they are collected, which should allow more effective recycling. Although there is, year-on-year, less large material as the annual clean ups improve the general situation, a dozen or so drums of used engine sump oil dumped at sea were removed. A sizeable number of these drums have been recovered over the past thirteen years, all between Girvan and Heads of Ayr, and these, unfortunately, may be...
Skelmorlie Secret Bunker, near Largs

Skelmorlie Secret Bunker, near Largs

  Skelmorlie Secret Bunker is a fully restored Royal Observer Corps underground monitoring post which was built in 1964 as part of a nationwide UK Cold War civil defence programme, in order to detect and report on the effects of a Nuclear Attack. It is the only free admission, fully restored monitoring post in the West of Scotland and only one of two in Scotland normally available for public access (the other is in Arbroath) since the official stand-down of the posts in 1991. In 2017 a visitor portacabin was installed on the site to provide a reception point and small museum, this being adjacent to Stage 12 of the Ayrshire Coastal...

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