A burst sewer pipe at Ayr Harbour has led to the closure of a nearby road and teams are working to prevent pollution escaping into the River Ayr.

Part of South Harbour Road – north of Ayr Town Hall - which is a one way street will be closed while the repair is carried out. Local diversions will be in place.

Due to the location of the pipe, Scottish Water teams are restricted by the comings and goings of the tide. They were at the scene yesterday to carry out work but it is not yet known when the repair work will be complete because of the difficulties attending to it.

A spokeswoman for Scottish Water said: “This is a complex repair given the location. Our contractors will work as quickly and safely as possible to repair the sewer main.

"We apologise for any inconvenience caused while this essential work is completed."

Scottish Water said that they are currently working with other agencies such as SEPA and South Ayrshire Council to keep the impact to the environment and disruption to local business and residents to a minimum.

Ayr West Councillor Siobhian Brown confirmed the news via Facebook:

Scottish Water say that overland pumping is in operation to help minimise any pollution to the River Ayr and minimise the impact on the local environment.

The Advertiser has contacted SEPA to ask what this means for the quality in the River Ayr. An update will be given in due course.

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