Old fishmarket revitalised

Fish Market in Eyemouth Harbour
Fish Market in Eyemouth Harbour

The unused old fishmarket at Eyemouth harbour could soon be buzzing now Eyemouth and District Community Trust are taking it over as a community area.

Ideas of how to use the space are coming in thick and fast - fruit and veg market, craft market, music venue, dance, to name but a few. And the message from the trust is clear - it’s for everyone in the town to take ownership of the old fishmarket.

One of the first decisions to be made is what to call it - The Chill Space, the Old Fishmarket. The Harbour Hall?

Whatever its name though it is one of the first steps being taken to revitalise Eyemouth town centre and harbourside and comes out of a recently completed feasibility study.

The community trust beat four other groups to convince Eyemouth Harbour Trust, who own the old fishmarket site, that they should be given a lease which will run in line with the Eyemouth Maritime Centre’s 25 year lease. But it’s a win-win situation for everyone as all groups who expressed an interest in the old fish market are being invited to make use of the space.

“We want it to be a community space,” said Anne McNeil, director of Eyemouth and District Community Trust.

“We have contacted the other groups interested and local businesses. Our line is to work with people and with groups and include everybody in the town. We want people to take ownership.”

Office space will be built on site, a large town notice board will be put up and there are plans for either roll-up roll-down canvas covering for the sides or possibly glass sides.