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Online consultation on £1.3 million Banff harbour works to be held

By Kyle Ritchie

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An online consultation will be held this evening outlining the £1.3 million construction phase contract for repairs to the Banff railway jetty and east pier.

Aberdeenshire Council has appointed Lochshell Ltd as contractor, with the scheme being project-managed by Turner Townsend.

The works will reinstate the railway jetty after a partial collapse in June 2017 and strengthen the east pier. Construction is expected to begin on January 18, with completion expected in August.

An information session on the works will be held on Monday at 6pm via an online platform.

Local residents, harbour users and the wider community are being invited to join for a short presentation followed by a question and answer session.

For a link to join the meeting, email harboursadmin@aberdeenshire.gov.uk

Work will be carried out to re-instate the railway jetty at Banff harbour.
Work will be carried out to re-instate the railway jetty at Banff harbour.

Councillor John Cox, chairman of the Banff harbour advisory committee, said: “This is a very welcome reconstruction of these facilities which I am sure will be greatly appreciated by harbour users, the wider community and visitors to the area.

“Banff harbour is a real asset for the town, providing facilities for many pleasure craft, hobby fishermen and commercial interests.

"Huge investment was made several years ago to convert the once renowned smelly harbour into a marina, therefore I look forward to the works progressing this year and safeguarding the safe use of our harbour for many years to come.”

Councillor Doreen Mair, chairwoman of Aberdeenshire Council’s Banff and Buchan area committee, said: “Our harbours continue to play a significant role in supporting our local economy, so it’s tremendous to see such a significant project being undertaken at Banff.”

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