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Brough Bay harbour works to get underway on slipway

By David G Scott

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The Brough Bay slipway gets a power wash earlier this year.
The Brough Bay slipway gets a power wash earlier this year.

Brough Bay Association (BBA) is delighted to announce that work on the repair to the harbour slipway will now go ahead.

With the relevant licences and consents in place, local company Gow Groundworks will set up a construction works area in the bay ready to tackle the long-awaited repair to the slipway.

Work will commence on August 16 and may take up to four weeks.

BBA secretary Pauline Robertson said: "None of this would have been possible without funding, and the Association wish to thank the Stroupster Community Fund, the Highland Coastal Communities Fund and the Small Grants National Lottery for backing this project with their generous grants.

Bashie the dog sits on the slipway.
Bashie the dog sits on the slipway.

"The Association is aware that there are still a few nesting birds in the SPA (Special Protection Area) of the harbour but the planned work on the slipway should not cause them any disturbance."

Common harbour and grey seals feed and forage in the bay and routinely haul out onto the slipway to rest. Construction work will be kept to a minimum to avoid disturbing them and work should be completed before the main part of the pupping season.

To adhere to regulatory directives and to ensure safe working conditions, there will be no vehicular or pedestrian access to the bay or the car park for the duration of the works. There will be a notice to this effect placed at the public road entrance to the bay prior to work commencing.

The BBA adds it is delighted to announce that it has the necessary planning permission and marine licence in place, for work to commence on the slipway in Brough Bay.

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