Eyemouth’s seafood technology park, which will see seafood processing businesses moving out of the harbour area to a purpose built park at Gunsgreenhill, has moved a step closer.
A spokesperson for Scottish Borders Council said this week: “The council has given final approval for work to start on the construction of the new Eyemouth seafood technology park.
“The project will create 2.8 acres of new employment land at Gunsgreenhill, to support inward investment and the expansion and relocation of seafood processing businesses. It is part-funded by SBC and the European Fisheries Fund Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) which aims to simulate development in the coastal economy.
“The project construction is being tendered this month and should be completed by June 2015.”
Securing Berwickshire fishing industry is part of the council’s ten year plan to create or safeguard 2000 Borders jobs. They have already committed £250,000 towards the seafood technology park infrastructure. Investment in the new park is estimated at £3 million.
Seafood processing businesses in Eyemouth need modern production units with better transport access, and moving them from Harbour Road will free up the harbourside area.
Harbour Road and the harbourside is seen as key to the economic development of the fishing port and Scottish Borders Council has already started work on drawing up a development plan for the area.
It’s envisioned that the area - Harbour Road, Church Street and Manse Road - would be used for housing, retail, small-scale food provision, office and commercial buildings or attractions, with “the creation of an active frontage on Harbour Road which exploits the waterfront location”.