DONS STEP UP ANT DEAL TALKS
Firm wins contract to make harbour repairs
URGENT repairs are being done to a picturesque port to avoid parts of it having to be sealed off.
The pontoons at Findochty Harbour are in need of maintenance due to more than a decade of neglect.
Moray Council had pinned its hopes on a bid to the Coastal Communities Fund, which allocates money from the European Union, to fund the estimated £500,000 of works.
However, when that application was rejected, harbour bosses were forced to come up with alternative plans to finance the project.
Now a contract worth £28,000 has been awarded to Wick-based Lochshell Engineering for initial repairs. Damage has been caused to the berths from boats smashing into them due to the waves. Buckie councillor Gordon Cowie, who is also co-chairman of the Findochty Harbour Advisory Group, stressed council staff remained on the search for funding sources to apply to. He said: “The long-term plan is to replace them. Like everything else, it’s subject to finding the money to pay for that.”