Prestwick Beach fully reopens

 12 August 2016  |  

Rest of Prestwick Beach reopens

Rest of Prestwick Beach reopens

The remaining section of Prestwick Beach, which was closed due to the discovery of asbestos cement, has reopened to the public. 

The section of beach, which runs from Maryborough Road at Prestwick St Nicholas Golf Course to Newton, has undergone asbestos removal works and has been declared clear by independent experts from Asbestos Analytical Services (AAS). 

Public health experts from NHS Ayrshire & Arran and Health Protection Scotland have confirmed the asbestos material is of negligible risk to the public.

This means the full stretch of Prestwick Beach is now available for public use.

Councillor John McDowall, Sustainability and Environment Portfolio Holder for South Ayrshire Council said: "We're continuing to work closely with partners to find out where the material came from and there will be monthly inspections of the beach over the next three months (September, October, November) to remove any more material - we will then review our position.

"We'll also continue to work with the local community to address ongoing concerns about the level of rubble and stone on Prestwick Beach.

"In the meantime, our thanks to our multi-agency partners for their support to address this issue so promptly and the public for their co-operation."