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Restoration progress report - Sept 2020

Phase One of the Harbour Restoration Project nears completion.

We are delighted to report that the first phase of structural repairs to the harbour is nearing completion at a cost in excess of £750,000. We are extremely grateful to the support of Historic Environment Scotland, Marine Scotland, Fisheries Local Action Group, Viridor, SSE Sustainable Communities. HIE, The Cromarty Trust, The Highland Council, Friends of Cromarty Harbour, to name just nine, the valued support of local businesses, various other small donations and local fundraising, without which none of this would have been possible. A special thanks should also go to the great engineers at Wallace Stone and all the various contractors involved in the project.

It has been exciting to see our stalwart contractors at last able to get back to work after lockdown. The new greenheart fenders have finally been installed with rubber D fenders on alternate verticals to provide extra resilience. The missing step on inner harbour steps is now in place and the ramp to the rear of the sheds has also undergone repair. New mooring bollards have been fitted along the restored concrete pier which will allow us to reopen the berths on the inner harbour.

The harbour sheds, although they are looking way too smart to be described as merely sheds, are also well on their way to being finished and our prospective tenants are understandably eager to get access. New floodlights and CCTV and two sturdy harbour ladders will also be installed in the next few weeks.

The two new finger pontoons installed earlier this year are proving successful and we hope to add three more in the coming months to extend the capacity of the harbour.

We are also currently in the process of seeking new funding to carry out even more extensive stone work repairs to the harbour and a wave attenuation project which will be designed to subdue the wave action and tidal scouring in the harbour basin.

As always, the Harbour Trust is extremely grateful for all the hard work of our small group of volunteers and the support of the community and we would be delighted to welcome new recruits to help us maintain and manage the harbour which is so much at the heart of our wee town.

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