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Council condemn use of land for off-road motoring

Posted on 21 Apr 2020

North Ayrshire Council says large areas near Irvine Beach Park have been excavated illegally to enable off-road motorists to use the land.

The local authority has condemned the actions and Police Scotland are investigating.

A large excavator has accessed the dune system - south of Irvine beach park - to dig out a track for bikes/quads.Off road activity of this kind is illegal and public open spaces should only be accessed by authorised vehicles.

Police Scotland are currently treating the incident with the excavator as a crime.

Councillor Jim Montgomerie, Cabinet Member for Place, said: “We are not in the business of spoiling people’s fun but this is not only really dangerous to the people taking part but to unsuspecting people out walking or running.

“It is also illegal and we would urge people not to use our land for this activity. Not only is it dangerous but they have shown absolutely no respect to the land by digging out the sand dunes the way they have. This could also have an impact on animals and biodiversity.

“They clearly know what they are doing and we would urge them to do this on authorised land and not within public areas.

“Our colleagues at Police Scotland are investigating.”