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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.”

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