Work has begun at Cairnbulg Harbour, was the message given by Michael Summers the Harbour Chairman this week.
The work, on the addition of new pontoon sections at the harbour, has been the result of a successful application for funding from Aberdeenshire European Fisheries Fund (AEFF).
This is the second development of the facility in recent times, with the first as a result of Big Lottery funding four years ago.
After the Big Lottery development, the facility achieved maximum berthing capacity within 18 months, and plans were drawn up then to develop the facility even further - as well as being on the look out for external financial support to accelerate the process of facility development.
To achieve the AEFF grant conditions, the harbour had to source independent funding, with Invercairn Gala stepping forward with a loan to the harbour which allowed the facility to meet the funding deadline.
Harbour Chairman Michael Summers told the Fraserburgh Herald that they were delighted to have achieved this European backed grant, as well as having the support of the Invercairn Gala, whose backing made this development possible.
A lot of hard work has went into achieving these grant and loan applications, and the next few months will see the fruits of this transferred into reality with the 40+ Metre installation, Mr Chalmers told the Herald.
The new pontoons are expected to increase the marina’s berthing capacity by 50% and be in position for the 2013 season.
Fundraising activities are continuing along side the development, with a coffee morning organised for Saturday morning on October 27, at the Invercairn Community Hall, as well as the annual bonfire at the harbour, which is scheduled for November 3 at 6:30pm.
All proceeds, as normal, will go to support the new development.