Opinion – Kilcreggan Harbour timeline: 125 years of almost uninterrupted service, three years of confusion and soaring costs
- September 1897: Kilcreggan Pier opens, replacing the village’s first pier which was built in 1850
- 1964: The pier is strengthened and the current Pierhead building is added
- 1995: The pier is granted B-list status, meaning it is of special architectural or historical interest
- 2012: With Kilcreggan’s ferry service struggling after being taken over by Clydelink, new pontoons in Kilcreggan, Gourock and Dunoon are discussed by councilors and transport officials. The planning document is being kept secret and was only released by this website after a five-month struggle using Freedom of Information (FOI) laws. The document says pontoons would cost £0.5million at Kilcreggan and £1.45million at Dunoon. The Gourock pontoons would cost £1.14million – but the Kempock Street Bay site was deemed unsuitable unless an additional £3.5million was spent on building a breakwater.
- 2018: Helensburgh Pier is closed to seafarers. Argyll and Bute Council had neglected to maintain it as it was only used by the Waverley paddle steamer and not ferries.
- August-September 2020: A report showing that Kilcreggan pier may need rehabilitation is put before Dunoon councillors, who are asked to vote on it, and Helensburgh and Lomond councillors, who do not.
- December 2020: A line in a Council spreadsheet shows £1.1m will be made available for new mooring arrangements at Kilcreggan Pier. A feasibility study should be completed in 2022, with work to be completed in 2024/2025. No member of the port committee approving the expenditure represents the Rosneath Peninsula.
- January 2022: The preferred option for Kilcreggan Harbor – a pontoon and a breakwater are released. Costs are up 845% to £9.3m. Local councils are very critical and say the existing pier should be adapted instead and a Save Kilcreggan Pier Facebook group set up.
- February 2022: According to Argyll and Bute, the pre-consultation feedback was “fantastic” and the formal consultation, which was due to conclude the previous month, is still on schedule.
- March 2022: Consultation is postponed until after May’s local council election while new designs incorporating the pier are finalized – council says work on the pier is ‘likely’.
- July 2022: Council says consultation will start in August.
- December 2022: Local councilors submit their own design for an adaptation of the pier using a pontoon and caisson, asking that it be included in the consultation they are told will start in the new year.
- January 2023: Consultation begins with the £9.3million pontoon and breakwater plan, heavily criticized last year, still the preferred option. No press release will be issued – unlike the November consultation on Dunoon Pier, and the announcement incorrectly states that Kilcreggan is in Bute and Cowal.
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