ABERDEENSHIRE Council is retaining its role as statutory harbour authority and will now look to engage with users and stakeholders to formulate robust development plans for the future.
At yesterday’s meeting of the Infrastructure Services Committee, the local authority’s role as harbour authority came under brief scrutiny with various options having been examined in light of the £673,000 deficit expected this year. Proposed options were to close the harbours, sell the harbours, partnership with communities – or to empower users and stakeholders.
Committee chairman Cllr Peter Argyll, in accepting the recommendation to empower users and stakeholders, said: ”The other options simply don’t stack up.”
It appears this option will see Aberdeenshire Council retain its role as statutory harbour authority while working in partnership with users and stakeholders to develop the harbours.
Some £100,000 was agreed to support the production of robust development plans for each of the Council’s seven harbours, including Stonehaven.
A council spokesman said: ”This is a really exciting time for the harbours as we look to the future.”