Peterhead Harbour's redevelopment continues with new fundingStaff Writer | September 6, 2016
A harbour’s plans for a £50 million redevelopment are going full steam ahead after EU and Scottish Government funding was confirmed.
Scotland To create a bigger fish market
Welcoming the £5m boost, Peterhead Port Authority (PPA) chief executive Ian Laidlaw said: “This now allows us to progress with the £50m redevelopment of the harbour and the extension and upgrading of the Greenhill fish market.
“Record landings in July and August prove that demand exists for increased capacity and improved facilities for the fishing fleet. This is our biggest single investment in modern times and ensures Peterhead will remain as Europe’s premier white-fish port.”
The Government has chipped in £5.5m to top up a £5.9m allocation forming part of a first round of European and Maritime Fisheries Fund payouts.
Grants made under the programme range from PPA’s £5m to £960 to support a Shetland project focused on insulated containers. The second biggest award, totalling nearly £624,000, was for a Seafish-run safety training scheme.
Ewing said the payouts could lead to a total investment worth up to £48m in sea fisheries, aquaculture and processing industries. He confirmed them while visiting the Scottish Shellfish Marketing Group in Bellshill, North Lanarkshire, which has previously received £580,000 of EU-backed funding to upgrade its facilities.
Plans have been unveiled in November last year for a £49M investment into Peterhead Harbour to ensure it remains at the forefront of the fishing industry for the remainder of the 21st century.
Proposals drawn up by Peterhead Port Authority would develop the facility into a fully integrated, state-of-the-art fishing hub by the end of 2017.
The developments include constructing a much larger fishmarket to cater for continued growth in this sector.
The market will have a 50% greater floor space and provide enhanced opportunities for the display and management of fish, helping fishermen to continue to secure top industry prices. ■