First Minister visits Broch
Harbour during cabinet tour

First Minister Alex Salmond takes a tour of Fraserburgh Harbour with Harbour Master Andrew Ironside.

First Minister Alex Salmond takes a tour of Fraserburgh Harbour with Harbour Master Andrew Ironside.

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First Minister Alex Salmond visited Fraserburgh Harbour recently as part of the Scottish Cabinet’s visit to the Broch.

During the visit, Alex Salmond met with Harbour Master Andrew Ironside and took a tour of the harbour to view the ongoing deepening works.

The First Minister also announced that an extra £3 million has been made available for Scottish fishing harbours which were damaged by the storms at the end of last year.

The additional funding will be used towards the costs of repairing harbours, sea walls and quaysides.

Commenting, First Minister Alex Salmond said: “The damage caused last year could be seen in harbours across Scotland and many people still say it was the worst storm they can remember.

“Although the harm it caused was severe, the reaction of those affected was commendable and a real sense of community spirit was demonstrated during the initial clean up.

“The Scottish Government is working with a number of harbours to clarify the extent of support required to put right the damage caused by these storms - and we have already made financial awards.

“The fisheries industries in Scotland contribute £500 million to the economy and support over 5,000 coastal jobs across Scotland.

“The emergency harbour repair funding announced earlier this year ensured that immediate work to keep some harbours up and running could be undertaken quickly. This additional money will help mend piers and walls as well as minimise further damage in the future.”

Commenting on the work carried out in Fraserburgh, the First Minister added: “For fishing towns like Fraserburgh it is vital the harbour remains open and fishermen can continue to work.

“I’m delighted that the Scottish Government has been able to contribute nearly two-thirds of the overall costs of the Fraserburgh harbour wall deepening project, which has been a huge undertaking and will provide the fishing industry with the infrastructure it needs for decades to come.”

Harbour Master Andrew Ironside commented: “It’s always good when he comes up - it’s always good to see the First Minister.

“The government always shows support to ports and it seems with this announcement that the government are going to continue with this support.”

Andrew Ironside added that the Deepening Project at the Harbour was progressing and that it was likely to be complete into the start of 2014 and confirmed that repairs following last year’s storms have been completed.

Mr Ironside also told the Herald that Fraserburgh Harbour would hopefully make an application to the £3 million fund for repairs.