Stinking seaweed has been removed from a busy Angus seafront, but council chiefs say there are no plans to extend the clean-up operation.
Arbroath councillor Brenda Durno had raised the issue after complaints over the smell of rotting seaweed which she said was putting off staycation visitors arriving in the area following the relaxation of lockdown.
The Arbroath East and Lunan SNP councillor said the problem was particularly prevalent around the popular West Links play area, to which families have been flocking since coronavirus restrictions were lifted.
She said: “The area of the slipway has now been cleared of the stinking seaweed, and some of the other surrounding areas had the seaweed dislodged, so it could wash away more easily.
“I requested this, as the paddling pool is closed.
“There has been a lot of small children accessing the play area and in doing this, they can now access the beach more easily to play.
“It is very difficult to access the beach further along, as it has steep steps and if you have small children and a pushchair it can be quite difficult.
“The council have no plans to remove seaweed again, and they are looking for a community group to get involved in helping with this.”
She added: “I recognise seaweed is important but the accumulation of seaweed can reach nuisance levels especially as it starts to degrade and therefore a balance must be achieved in trying to meet the needs of people, both local and visitors.”
Ms Durno is also hopeful a tap will soon be installed at the play area to allow visitors to wash sand off children or pets before leaving the busy area.
An Angus Council spokesperson said, “The ramp was cleaned of seaweed to allow safe access to the beach.
“There are no plans to do further cleaning or clearance of seaweed, however the condition of the ramp remains under periodic inspection.”