HC Deb 26 April 1911 vol 24 c1783

asked the Lord-Advocate whether he is aware that for the last thirty years the Corporation of Greenock have been in the habit of emptying clean rubbish on the ground at Battery Point, Greenock; that this land so reclaimed from marsh was the site for the torpedo factory purchased from a private landowner by the Admiralty for £27,225; and that this process of reclamation still continues; and, if so, will he say whether any arrangement has been made by the Scottish Office as to land so reclaimed being purchasable by the State at a more reasonable figure, if and when it is wanted by the State for any of its departments?


I am informed that the Corporation of Greenock has not for the last thirty years been in the habit of emptying any rubbish on the ground at Battery Point, that no marsh land has been reclaimed through any operations of the Corporation, and that no process of reclamation has been made, or is being made by the Corporation. I am also informed that while some unobjectionable material is being used to fill up a disused timber pond to the west of Battery Point, that is being done by private arrangement between the owner of the land and the persons (not the Corporation) placing the material upon it, that that land is about a quarter of a mile from the torpedo factory site, and that that site was always firm ground.


Have the Board of Trade given consent to the reclamation of this part of the sea?


I do not know.