Repair Works Start On Scarinish Harbour

Tiree Community Development Trust and the Harbours Steering Group are pleased to report that repair work on Scarinish Harbour has begun this week.

Lochshell Engineering Ltd have arrived on site to begin the estimated 6-week repair project to both the main harbour and the smaller mid tide pier. Funding has been secured through Marine Scotland to conduct the repairs which will involve rebuilding the end section of the main pier, reinforcing with internal steel bars and concrete, resurfacing the top and finally adding new ladders and mooring rings. The mid tide pier will be shored up to ensure the current damage doesn’t get any worse.

The Trust and the Steering Group have also been investigating development and extension of Milton Harbour, with plans costed out at £1.2 million. Efforts are still being made to secure the funding for Milton Harbour, but the Trust are at an advanced stage of discussions with two major funders for that project and will report back on progress soon.

A new company, Tiree Community Maritime Assets Ltd (TCMAL) has now been set up as a subsidiary of Tiree Community Development Trust and will own both the Scarinish and Milton Harbours. Both Scarinish and Milton Harbours are being gifted to TCMAL by Argyll Estates.

It is great to report such positive developments on both Harbour projects, something that has been on the community agenda for many years now. Nine local fishing boats now use the piers throughout the year employing around 18 people and development and improvement of the harbours’ working conditions will be welcome news.

Last year as part of a wider marine development strategy, 10 moorings were installed at Gott Bay, designed for visiting yachts and boats of up to 15 tons, something that is now being advertised and encouraged via the sailing community. The Moorings are currently owned by Tiree Community Business who received LEADER and Windfall funding in order to complete that project.

Well done to all of those who have been involved in the planning and delivery of these projects, certainly some positive developments made to support the future of Tiree’s marine industry.

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