Green light for Eyemouth Harbour regeneration
The regeneration of Eyemouth harbour has moved a step forward after plans for the waterfront development were approved by Scottish Borders Council.
Work is now set to start at the site of the old fishmarket and former World of Boats Maritime Museum this summer, with contractors John Dennis & Company (Scotland) recently appointed.
The aim is to widen the appeal of the harbour, making it a centre of excellence for the marine industry by creating a multi-use building for events, markets and training courses, with smaller units for business start-up ‘pods’.
Eyemouth Harbour Trust hopes the project will help achieve sustainable economic growth in Eyemouth, be welcoming and pleasant for visitors and residents, and restore a sense of identity to the waterfront.
The building warrant for the first phase of the development has been submitted and initial site meetings are planned for early May .
Christine Bell, chief executive officer at Eyemouth Harbour Trust, said: “The approval allows us to take forward this exciting development of the quayside area with the creation of multipurpose, all year round spaces for businesses, the community and visitors based on flexible, covered space that accommodate seasonality and the Scottish weather.
"We are delighted to welcome John Dennis & Company (Scotland) Ltd as build contractor to the project, they bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the waterfront development and we look forward to working closely with them over the coming months.”
Stewart Cairney, director of John Dennis & Company (Scotland) Ltd, added: “We are delighted to be appointed to work with Eyemouth Harbour Trust and the rest of the team to deliver this exciting and prestigious project that will be become a focal point on the waterfront and provide positive community benefits in the years ahead.
"We will make every effort to ensure that we engage with the local community and complete the project with the minimum of disruption to the surrounding areas.”
The former boat museum was demolished earlier this year, opening up views to the water, which has led to some townsfolk calling on the Harbour Trust to keep the area open.