Highlands & Islands

Anger at Highland Council's closure of pier

Tanera Mòr
Image caption Badentarbert pier is used by visitors to reach the island of Tanera Mor

Highland Council has been accused of closing a pier used by tour boat operators and fish farm workers without warning.

The Badentarbert pier, near Ullapool in Wester Ross, is also used by visitors to Tanera Mor in the Summer Isles.

Coigach Pier and Users Group had been in talks with the local authority about the need for repairs to the pier, but had not expected it to be fenced off.

Highland Council said it was closed to protect public safety.

The local authority said an engineer had found the pier to be in an "extremely deteriorated condition".

Users group spokesman Reiner Luykens told BBC Radio Scotland that shutting the pier was never discussed.

Image caption Users of the pier could be relocated to Old Dornie

The cost of repairing it has been estimated at £1.3m.

Highland Council said it was seeking a meeting with affected boat owners to discuss if a pier at Old Dornie could be used in the short-term.

Grant aid is also being sought to improve facilities at Old Dornie.

A council spokesperson added: "The council regrets having to close the pier but had to do so on the grounds of safety, both to the pier users and the public and has only done so after investigating the alternatives."

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