Brian Topping retires from Harbour Board

Harbour Board member Brian Topping is standing down from the role following many years of service with the organisation.

Brian Topping, who first joined the Board in 1987, stood down as a commissioner recently having served for 21 of the last 28 years.

Mr Topping is standing down after the Harbour Board introduced sweeping changes to its constitution and becoming a Trust Board Authority.

Introduced four years ago, one of the main changes is that commissioners can now only serve two three-year terms of office.

Speaking to the Fraserburgh Herald, a number of Board members said the new independent appointing body which now interviews prospective commissioners had a very difficult decision choosing from between seven excellent candidates to fill four Board vacancies recently.

Amongst the many changes which Brian Topping has seen during his time on the Board include two new fish markets, deepening of various basins, new storm gates, a new electrical cable, the new pontoons and diversification issues over the years.

Commenting, Brian Topping said: “It’s tinged with a wee bit of sadness that I’m now coming off the Board.

“It’s been a great honour and privilege to be on the Board and I wish Peter and all the commissioners all the very best.

“They are very hard-working and forward-thinking and I wish them well.”

Peter Bruce, convenor of the Board, commented: “I realised before I came here that Brian was one of the longest-standing members when I arrived at the Board.

“His dedication and enthusiasm and experience as a councillor was very useful not just to the Harbour Board but also to the whole of the town.”

Harbour Master Andrew Ironside added: “It’s essential that the Board has a whole range of skills sets. Each member has to benefit the community in an unbiased manner - and Brian has done that.”