Port receives £250,000 aid after storm damage

PETERHEAD is to receive up to £250,000 in government aid to help with emergency repairs following last year’s devastating 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.

The funding will be used towards the costs to repair harbours, sea walls, and quaysides to ensure fisheries harbours remained operational. Talks are ongoing with other harbours who have been affected by storm damage.

Environment Secretary Richard Lochhead, 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.

“However what was also evident was the reaction of those affected and the sense of community spirit on show in the clean up work.

“This funding will go towards vital walls and piers and ensure the harbours will be repaired as quickly as possible.”

Commenting on the announcement, Peterhead Port Authority chief executive, John Wallace said: “We are going out to tender this week for repairs to the sea wall/breakwater that requires urgent repair and we anticpate the cost to be up to £1.5m. This award is extremely well received and timeous and takes the sting out of the tail for us. I think what it shows is the Cabinet Secretary came to Peterhead, saw the damage and put the money where his mouth is. He had a £1m budget and we got 25% of that,” he said.

“These repairs are core and fundamental to our business,” he added.