Laundrette gives boost to leisure facilities

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Onshore leisure facilities at Eyemouth Harbour have received a boost with the recent addition of a new self-service laundrette.

The coin-operated commercial washing machine and tumble drier facility is now available to leisure and commercial users as well as the general public. This is the first time laundry facilities have been available in Eyemouth.

This new service will ensure that Eyemouth remains competitive with other leisure marinas and will assist in the growth of the dive, leisure and tourism sector in Eyemouth and St Abbs area.

It is part of a number of measures to promote economic diversification from the fishing sector to tourism in Eyemouth. This is vital - as a VisitScotland study has shown that sailing tourism is worth £101 million to the Scottish economy.

Eyemouth Harbour Trust was awarded a grant of £7,679 towards creation of the laundry facility by European Fisheries Fund Axis 4, which supports the development of tourism towards Progressive Coastal Communities. Eyemouth Harbour Trust has match funded this project with £2560 from its own funds.

Eyemouth Harbour Trust business manager Christine Bell said: “Eyemouth Harbour Trust is committed to enhancing and improving the facilities available in Eyemouth Harbour, and this project is a much needed addition to the onshore services we have on offer.

“We are delighted that the Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) supported the project and awarded the grant. The laundrette is now open and being very well used by our visitors.”

Councillor Michael Cook, who represents the fisheries sector on the European ‘Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions’, added: “These new facilities support the Harbour Trust’s ambitions to diversify usage of the harbour, which coincides with the local ‘EFF Axis 4’ fisheries development strategy.

“The new laundrette will be available to leisure sailing and diving visitors as well as commercial users of the harbour. Its provision will extend the services available to skippers and crew, and will make the harbour more attractive to prospective visitors.”