Area committee approve harbour works

Rosehearty's harbour.
Rosehearty's harbour.

Councillors on the Banff and Buchan Area Committee last week approved a revenue works programme for Aberdeenshire Council controlled harbours in the area.

The works, which were approved unanimously and without discussion, will cover 2014 to 2015.

Aberdeenshire has seven harbours which are maintained by the Council’s revenue budget, the four in the Banff and Buchan area being Banff marina and the harbours at Macduff, Portsoy and Rosehearty.

The report to councillors, from Stephen Archer, the director of infrastructure services and Aberdeenshire Council, said: “It is proposed that, as in previous years, the programme of works will be flexible.

“This will permit re-assessment of priorities for emergency works such as storm damage, which may require immediate action to maintain the structural integrity of the harbour.”

The report later adds, on costings: “A total of £245,000 has been allocated in the 2014/15 harbours revenue budget for repairs and maintenance of which £153,000 has been assigned by the service to harbours within the Banff and Buchan area on a priority needs basis.”

Banff marina, as a result, will have a budget of £45,500 for the year, providing coverage for a number of projects including general maintenance (£5,000), diving inspection (£2,000), and toilet and shower units maintenance (£1,000).

Macduff, meanwhile, will receive £71,500.

Portsoy harbour will have £10,00 to cover projects including davit crane maintenance (£500), new boat compounds (£1,000), and pressure pointing of new harbour masonry (£2,500).

£26,000 has been set for Rosehearty harbour for projects including the provision of temporary toilets (£750), ladders and moorings (£750), and the compound extension (£15,000).