Concerns regarding the 'dangerous collapse' of fencing at a drainage pond in Fairlie is being attended to by the nearby housing developer Dawn Homes.

We reported last week that community councillor David Telford had flagged up the issue with Independent councillor Ian Murdoch, and North Ayrshire Council.

David Telford previously in November voiced concerns after spotting fencing flapping open in the wind at the entrance to Regatta Apartments, on the A78, making the site easily accessible to young children near a deep pond.

The pond in question was put in place as a 'sustainable urban drainage system' (SUDS) for the Dawn Homes development, a drainage slution aimed at avoiding the direct channelling of surface water through networks of pipes and sewers.

Mr Telford has now flagged up another problem at the site after a section of the safety fence has collapsed on the south side of the pond.

Cllr Murdoch had asked NAC to have both SUDs ponds inspected at the site.

A North Ayrshire Council spokesperson said: “The upkeep of the drainage pond is the responsibility of the landowner, and in this case the landowner is Dawn Homes.

“The council was made aware of the fence issue this week. Dawn Homes have been contacted and advised to repair the fence. It is understood Dawn Homes are currently in the process of commencing maintenance work to the fence as a priority.”

Dawn Homes: Chief Operating Officer, Martin Egan, said: “We have been made aware of the damaged fencing around the temporary attenuation pond at the entrance of our development in Fairlie and have instructed our contractor to replace the full fence. In the meantime, we have arranged for temporary fencing to be installed and will carry out a full inspection to ensure the pond is operating as designed.”