Residents and businesses are being given the opportunity to help shape the future of three harbours in the south of Aberdeenshire.
The South Aberdeenshire Harbours Improvement Plan has taken a step forward this week with the launch of an online consultation on a series of possible projects for Stonehaven, Johnshaven and Gourdon.
Aberdeenshire Council – in association with consultants Ironside Farrar – has developed a range of potential projects and is encouraging the public to make comment to further shape the ideas.
It is hoped that the work will support the traditional fishing industry and other local businesses, as well as growing areas such as tourism.
Last night Peter Argyle, chairman of the council’s infrastructure services committee, said: “Our harbours support a wide range of commercial and leisure interests which are hugely important to the areas they serve.
“However, it is vital we continue to look for external funding streams to improve our harbours, plan ahead and look to develop innovative new projects to ensure they remain viable and fit-for-purpose in the future.”
Vice-chairman John Cox added: “Our string of harbours and marinas around the Aberdeenshire coast are hugely important not just for harbour users – whether commercial or leisure – but are, of course, a great attraction for visitors locally and from far afield.
“It is vital we listen to these people to maximise these assets, so this consultation is very important to capture as many comments and ideas to develop the long-term prosperity of the communities they serve.”
The consultation runs until August 28 and can be accessed at
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