New fish mar­ket near­ing open­ing date

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - LOCAL NEWS - 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 £51 mil­lion 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 ex­pected 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

“We are hop­ing to hold the last mar­ket on Fri­day June 15”

work around 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 work­ing, 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 fork lift trucks.” the

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