AN IMPROVEMENT plan put together by consultants describes almost £2 million of investment for the harbours of Stonehaven, Johnshaven and Gourdon – but Aberdeenshire Council will have to seek funding before they can turn a vision into reality.
The bulk of the spending is targetted at Stonehaven, where eight projects over the next five years are identified, with a total value of £1.2 million.
Report follows consultation
The South Harbour Improvement Plan, SHIP, by Ironside Farrar Ltd, was commissioned by the Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee. It follows an initial public consultation in 2019, and an online questionnaire last year.
The consultants examined growth areas and opportunities for the three harbours’ economies – fishing, sailing, tourism, heritage and hospitality.
And they looked to other Scottish harbours are looked at as benchmarks – Gardentown, St Andrews, Anstruther and Mallaig.
Making Stonehaven harbour SHIP-shape
Some eight projects are identified for Stonehaven:
Investment in existing harbour infrastucture
New harbour operational signage
Upgrade harbour master’s office and provide a small multi-user hub
Improvements supporting fishing industry
Improvements supporting place and tourism industry
Improvements for marine tourism / water-based activity
Improvements supporting local residents
Review operational management and bylaws
Councillors asked to approve plan
At their meeting on Tuesday morning, the Kincardine and Mearns Area Committee is asked to approve the plan in principle – and to instruct officers to seek external grant funding where appropriate.
A public information meeting is to be held offering interested members of the public and opportunity for an informal question and answer session.
Full details of the SHIP are contained in the committee papers, along with a link to the meeting.
Photo by George Reid
Previously in The Bellman