The upgrade at Dean Ford is virtually complete and should again open to traffic very shortly. This is a huge improvement over the ford and will allow salmon and trout to move up and downstream in virtually any height of water.
There can’t be much left to do aside removing sediment from the fish pass section, perhaps grass seeding and removing the security fencing. East Ayrshire Council and the contractors are to be congratulated on a job well done. Looking to the future, I expect salmon numbers to increase quickly upstream of this point once a few fish successfully spawn. It goes without saying that anglers shouldn’t kill salmon this far up the Kilmarnock Water for the time being.
The last obstacle that presents any sort of a barrier is the Cheapside Street weir in the town centre and following discussions and negotiations, we convinced them to install a non technical rock ramp fish pass and I believe this work will commence this summer. I’ll keep readers posted as details become clear.