New fish market nearing opening date
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