Funding Boost for Harbour Attractions

By bellmannews / March 25, 2019
The Tollbooth with its distinctive craws step gable -taken in a day of bright sunshine

The Tolbooth Museum and a start-up business offering inflatable boat trips around the Stonehaven coastline have received grants from the North East Scotland Fisheries Local Action Group (NESFLAG).

And there is still money to be had for South Aberdeenshire – funding applications are welcomed from groups, associations and businesses in Stonehaven, Johnshaven and Gourdon.

Stonehaven Sea Safari’s boat will operate from April to October and offer a range of trips including exploration of the coastline around Dunnottar Castle; dolphin and wildlife watching; and excursions to other coastal villages such as Gourdon and Johnshaven.
The grant will pay for the purchase of a 10.5m rigid inflatable boat, a bespoke docking system, necessary additional equipment and website development.

Meanwhile, the Tolbooth Museum’s plans for an iconic extension to ease the overcrowding presently suffered are a step closer with a grant to assist with the pre-development phase of the project.

NESFLAG manages the small scale “community-led local development” element of the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), financed by the European Union and the Scottish Government.

The recent awards were among a series of grants worth a total of £516,472 to eleven new projects in Aberdeenshire and Angus.

The programme, which launched in March 2016, has a total budget of £1.43million of which more than £1million has now been awarded to 25 projects.

The successful projects in this round include:

  • Redevelopment of part of Arbroath’s Signal Tower Museum and creation of new fishing heritage displays
  • A new berthing pontoon for the use of fishing, leisure and tourism vessels at Arbroath Harbour
  • Purchase of a rigid inflatable boat, berthing pontoon and equipment for a new-start tourism business in Stonehaven
  • A major new slipway at Banff Harbour
  • Conversion of the former fish market in Whitehills to create new landing facilities for local inshore fishermen
  • Purchase of innovative new buoys which will reduce fishing gear conflict in Fraserburgh
  • Pre-development phase of a major project to refurbish and extend the Stonehaven Tolbooth Museum
  • A waste management and environmental project at Fraserburgh Harbour
  • Construction of new bespoke towers for improved access to boats on the shiplift at Fraserburgh Harbour
  • A major seafood festival for Peterhead to be held in September 2019
  • New fish landing facilities including an ice machine and chill room at Rosehearty Harbour

Jamie Wilkinson, NESFLAG Co-ordinator, said, “These projects represent some great examples of how NESFLAG can deliver community-led local development.

“In this round we have supported a number of applications along the coast which will deliver significant benefits to small scale fishermen. We have also offered grants to projects which improve coastal tourist attractions and celebrate the maritime heritage of the region.

“Funding these projects means that we are maximising the current opportunities available to us under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.”

NESFLAG now has a very limited budget remaining in North Aberdeenshire and is fully committed in Angus.  The programme continues to be open for funding applications from South Aberdeenshire and welcomes enquiries from groups, associations and businesses across fishing communities including Stonehaven, Johnshaven and Gourdon.

Prospective applicants should contact the co-ordinator who can offer support in the preparation of applications.  The next deadline is the 14th July 2019.
Further details about all of NESFLAG’s approved projects can be found in the Projects section..