Beaches are mud free

KIRKCALDY;'dredging of Kirkcaldy Harbour'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON
KIRKCALDY;'dredging of Kirkcaldy Harbour'Photo ; WALTER NEILSON
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THE dredging work in Kirkcaldy Harbour is still progressing well - without causing damage to any of the Lang Toun’s beaches.

Beach users have been on the lookout in recent weeks for any mud coming in as material dredged from the harbour is dumped into spoil grounds in the Forth.

Last year similar work saw large amounts of black sticky mud wash up on the beach at Kinghorn, and concerns had been raised of a repeat this year.

Rock pools

No real explanation of where the mud had come from was ever given, and it was well into the winter months before it had cleared from the rock pools.

The work currently taking place in Kirkcaldy is to clear a path for large cargo ships to reach Hutchison’s Flour Mill.

The first ship is due to arrive in July or August, revitalising the area which has been closed for over two decades as a working port.

As well as clearing the path, Hutchison’s are also modernising their own facility at the harbour which will see the construction of new silos and intake equipment.

Forth Ports reported last month that the project, estimated as costing £829,000, was on schedule and within budget, paving the way for the first commercial freight vessels to arrive in the summer.


With all this work happening, local Councillor Susan Leslie told the Press that she was concerned about mud coming in at Seafield as has happened at Kinghorn.

However, inspections as recently as this week have shown no residual mud has been left on the beaches.

Commenting on the recent inspections, Cllr Leslie said: “I have had people raise the issue with me but nothing is being found that would cause any concern.

“Our beaches are great leisure resources, enjoyed by many residents and visitors alike.

“It is good news that there are no adverse consequences of industrial operations to the enjoyment of the area.”