Barrier at pier ‘does not need consent’

A new barrier intended to ‘safely marshal’ passengers at Kilcreggan’s historic pier does not need planning or listed building consent, council officials have said.

The metal posts were put in place last week on the pier, which dates back to 1897 and is a category B Listed Building, meaning it is of regional importance.

Guidance from Historic Scotland states: “Listed building consent must be obtained where proposals will alter the character of the building.”

Applications for consent are made through the local planning authority – in this case the Argyll and Bute Council, which also owns the pier.

A council spokesperson said on Tuesday: “The council did approach our own planning officers in Helensburgh. They reviewed the proposal and said that it did not require a formal application.”

She added that the barrier had been installed after talks with SPT ‘to enable safe marshalling of passengers’.

It was reported some months ago that pier staff would lose their jobs as new contractors Clydelink did not require the pier to be manned, but the spokesperson added: “It is not as yet determined whether the pier will be unmanned or not, this is subject to a further review once the planned works are installed.”

The spokesperson added: “I regret that the contractor has affixed the barrier to the pier building (as pictured, right) but this is to be rectified in early course.”

Historic Scotland’s website advises: “Alterations which may seem minor, such as stonecleaning all or part of the property, alterations or replacement of windows or installation of roof lights may require listed building consent.”

Pictures by Kerr Gardiner


  1. ok – three things. Firstly, the pier is also listed so they are taking the fixing off the building and putting it onto the pier and that makes it ok? Secondly, safe marshalling of passengers? The pier has been going for over 100 years and suddenly, 3 months after a new operator takes it on passengers now need marshalling? Thirdly, the council are doing the works and the planning officers (council) decide no planning is required, surely conflict of interest? Where is Historic Scotland in all this???

  2. The council did not fix and complete the work it was outside contractors who fixed the barriers in place???

  3. Marshalling? It’s a bloody ferry not a footy match at Parkhead! How does this make anything safer?

  4. Can someone within the Council explain how the marshalling will be made effective? For example when and by whom is the chain secured to close the gap. As it stands the cattle (passengers) can still wander through to sit on the memorial seats paid for by families in memory of deceased relatives!!

  5. Visited the pier today and the barriers are completely out of character. Whilst it seems minor, unchecked, these things slowly degrade the character of a structure. I’m absolutely certain that if barriers were mandatory, a more sympathetic construction method could have been used, not these generic ‘scaffold’ poles.

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