Ambitious plans could breathe new life into local harbour

Arbroath Black Sheds. Picture shows; Arbroath Black Sheds, Friday 19th January 2018.

Ambitious proposals which will breathe new life into Arbroath harbour have been backed by councillors.

Pontoons in the outer harbour to bolster the success of busy inner marina berths are part of the plans and members of Angus Council’s communities committee has also agreed the release of vacant storage units in the Black Shed for rental to craft users.

However, Arbroath West and Letham Independent councillor David Fairweather expressed disappointment that the raft of proposals has not paved the way for the reopening of the public ramp on to the beach at Inchcape.

At their latest meeting, councillors were asked to note the decision made by the Arbroath harbour joint consultative committee regarding the reopening of the ramp.

The cost of bringing the ramp back into use was estimated at £9,000, with a further £3,000 annual cost to keep the head of the ramps clear of coastal and tidal debris.

It was considered the demand for the ramp since its closure in April 2017 was insufficient to justify reinstatement.

Mr Fairweather said he was “rather disappointed” by the decision.

“All I ask is that, over the summer period, if there is a demand for it, can this be looked at again?” he added.