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The Press and Journal (North-East) - - FRONT PAGE - BY DAVID PROC­TOR

Peter­head’s new fish mar­ket could be up and run­ning in less than a month.

The building at Alexan­dra Basin is part of the £51mil­lion up­grade to deepen the har­bour to of­fer boats un­re­stricted ac­cess to the port.

The first boxes of fish could be sold at the new base by Mon­day June 18, al­though it de­pends on con­struc­tion progress be­ing made else­where.

John Forman, the har­bour mas­ter for Peter­head Port Author­ity, said he ex- pected to be handed the keys be­fore the end of the month.

But he ad­mit­ted the open­ing all de­pends on what hap­pens with other parts of the con­struc­tion work around the quay­side.

Mr Forman said: “It will be handed over to Peter­head Port Author­ity in a cou­ple of weeks. We are hop­ing to hold the last mar­ket at Mer­chant’s Quay on Fri­day June 15 and start at the new one the fol­low­ing Mon­day.

“But it is quite com­plex be­cause we still have dredgers and other peo­ple work- ing, so it de­pends if they can meet their dead­lines.”

Mr Forman con­firmed that work­ers from the author­ity like the new fa­cil­ity and it will be big­ger than the cur­rent set-up.

He said: “Most of the peo­ple who have seen in­side have been Peter­head Port Author­ity staff and most of the com­ments have been positive.

“It will be able to take about 10,000 boxes of fish, whereas the old one can only have about 7,000.

“A lot of the space has to be utilised for pal­lets and fork­lift trucks.”

Mean­while, mem­bers of the coun­cil’s fish­eries work­ing group have been given their own tour of the new amenity. They were shown round the building ahead of their monthly meet­ing at Buchan House.

Peter­head North and Rat­tray coun­cil­lors Dianne Bea­grie and Anne Al­lan were among the group on the visit.

Mrs Bea­grie said: “The new fish mar­ket will be a great as­set for Peter­head Port Author­ity and the town and we re­ally en­joyed see­ing around the new fa­cil­ity.

Mrs Al­lan said: “I was de­lighted to have the op­por­tu­nity to visit the new fish mar­ket. I am very im­pressed with the fa­cil­i­ties it will of­fer to the fish­ing in­dus­try. This in­vest­ment by Peter­head Port Author­ity is a real vote of con­fi­dence in the town and in the fu­ture of its in­dus­try.”

“The last mar­ket at Mer­chant’s Quay could be on June 15”

CATCH­ING AN EARLY LOOK: Coun­cil­lor Anne Al­lan at the new fish mar­ket which can han­dle 10,000 boxes of fish

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