UK: Scottish harbours hail cash injectionNews // March 6, 2017
The Courier newspaper says a cash injection into two Fife harbours has been hailed as hugely significant for the region’s fishing and tourism industries.
Around £485,000 is to be ploughed into dredging work at both Pittenweem and Anstruther over the next two years.
A further £80,000 has been set aside in Fife’s capital plan for a new ice plant at Pittenweem to replace the current facility which has been beset by constant breakdowns.
Tom Mackenzie, from the Fife Fisherman’s Association, explained fishermen are currently limited as to how long they can spend at sea as the build-up of silt cuts down the hours the harbours can be safely accessed.
“This money is going to mean a long overdue dredge for the harbours, and a replacement for the current ice plant at Pittenweem is also well overdue,” he said.
"The harbour at Pittenweem hasn’t been properly dredged for nearly 20 years – it has had temporary dredges using a blower but that has just moved the silt from one place to another."