Fraserburgh Sea Cadets are hoping to push ahead with exciting plans for a new Sea Cadet Unit.
The Sea Cadets, who are currently based at Balaclava Quay, hope to move to a new facility at Sandhaven Harbour. The first public presentation of the proposed style and location of the building was held at the Sea Cadet Unit in Fraserburgh on Tuesday, March 12, which, organisers say, enjoyed a great turnout.
Funds have already been raised for the architect’s work and planning application, with the build expected to cost in the region of £350,000.
The Sea Cadets offers many ashore and afloat activities to its young members, including rowing, sailing, powerboating, camping and shooting, as well as marine, mechanical and electrical engineering. The Sea Cadets has been meeting in Fraserburgh since 1943, 70 years this year.
The Cadets’ current building at Fraserburgh Harbour was build by the local community in 1971, when the Drifter Gowanlea was decommissioned from use.
Due to its location on the busy quay at the harbour, the Sea Cadets are restricted in terms of the activities that can be delivered. Boating in the harbour cannot be conducted safely, thereby restricting the number of cadets in the unit to 21 for health and safety reasons.
Fraserburgh Harbour also has plans to redevelop the area in the near future.
However, Sandhaven and Pitullie Harbour Trust have offered the use of land at the harbour to the Sea Cadets on a long-term lease, making it an ideal location for the Cadets’ new unit. The Sea Cadets already use Sandhaven as their boating station from April to September.
The Sea Cadets are looking for support from the local community to get the new unit built, which will also serve as a community resource to which other organisations will have access.
The new building will be able to accommodate cadets from all over the UK for overnight courses and activities.
The building will be designed to benefit communities not just in Sandhaven but throughout the Banff and Buchan area.
Commenting, Craig Trail, who is the Commanding Officer of the Fraserburgh Sea Cadets, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity to further the opportunities for the youth of Fraserburgh and other local communities, the new building will bring life into this corner, not only bringing more facilities for Sea Cadets but harbour users and tourists alike.
“This will take the backing and support of this sea-fearing community, pulling together to ensure that the Sea Cadets of Fraserburgh can see another 70 successful years and meeting our aims, to ensure our young people get the best possible headstart in life through nautical adventure and fun!”
The Sea Cadets are currently recruiting cadets aged 10 to 18 years old, and volunteers aged 18 and over to help fund-raise. Should anyone be interested in joining the Unit as a cadet or to help with fund-raising efforts, please visit the Sea Cadets any Tuesday or Thursday from 7pm ‘til 9pm, or call 01346 512485.
Find the Sea Cadets at www.sea-cadets.com/fraserburgh or on Facebook: Fraserburgh Sea Cadets.