Harbour to benefit from storm fund

Picture by JANE BARLOW. 24th September 2012. Heavy rain and strong winds have been forecast across parts of Scotland. Pictured is Dunbar Harbour, East Lothian.
Picture by JANE BARLOW. 24th September 2012. Heavy rain and strong winds have been forecast across parts of Scotland. Pictured is Dunbar Harbour, East Lothian.

DUNBAR harbour is one of a number throughout Scotland but the only one on the east coast to benefit from additional funding to remedy any damage done by the recent storms.

The storms, which were caused by an unusual combination of south easterly gales, low pressures and high tides, were described as the worst in decades and caused damage across Scotland.

A total of £1 million will be used towards the costs to repair harbours, sea walls, and quaysides to ensure fisheries harbours remained operational, with Dunbar receiving up to £100,000 worth of funding.

Discussing the fund at last week’s Inshore Fisheries Conference, Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead said: said: “When I, and other Scottish Ministers, visited harbours around Scotland in the aftermath of the recent storms, the extent of the damage which had been caused was clearly evident.

“To do our part, the Government has been working closely with the local authorities and agencies too assess the full impact and I would like to thanks all those involved for their hard work. This funding will go towards vital walls and piers and ensure the harbours will be repaired as quickly as possible.”