Contractor selected for Banff harbour reconstruction and repair works
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A contractor has been appointed to carry out reconstruction and repair works at Banff harbour.
The port's railway jetty will be re-instated after it partially collapsed in June 2017 and the east pier will be strengthened.
The contract has been awarded to Lochshell Ltd and will be project managed by Turner Townsend.
A online consultation will be held on Monday at 6pm, when the public can learn more about the works.
A spokesman for Banff harbour said: "Aberdeenshire Council has awarded the construction phase contract of the Banff railway jetty and east pier repairs to Lochshell Ltd. The works will be project managed by Turner Townsend.
"These repair works will re-instate the railway jetty to its appearance prior to its partial collapse in June 2017 and strengthen the east pier.
"The works are to start on January 18 with a completion date of August 18.
"We would like to encourage local residents, harbour users and the wider community to join for a short presentation about the construction works and possible disruptions, with a question and answer session afterwards."
Anyone who would like to join the meeting can email firstname.lastname@example.org and a link to the virtual meeting will be sent.
Banff and District councillor Glen Reynolds said: "This is great news as the infrastructure around our harbours has an important role not just for harbour users but for the wider public in a pandemic context where outdoor activity is to be promoted.
"It is important too, that the local community is kept informed as to any disruption that will occur, be that transport or otherwise.
"I urge the community to engage in the public consultation that will be held on Monday, January 11 at 6pm via an online platform.
"It is important that as many residents, harbour users and the wider community participate so that their views are taken into account, and they are kept fully informed.
"Communication is key to this necessary work being implemented and appreciated, and for the future of Banff harbour.
"Council officers are to be commended for ensuring that this process is well under way, in very difficult circumstances.
"We have to ensure that via the consultation, there are as many questions as answers. The community as well as mariners, must unite around a common set of aims and objectives."