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On Wednesday, June 13, Mr Mike Greener, current secretary of the Spittal Point Development trust, delivered a report on progress on proposals to revitalise the area, he also kindly mentioned the Civic Society's involvement in the project.
The visual presentation contained some remarkable aerial photographs of how Spittal looked around 1952 and what became apparent was the level of industrial activities present in a fairly concentrated area. The industries were quite diverse in nature; they included salmon fishing employing around 500 workers, some chemical works, phosphate and bone grinding, and fertiliser works both for agricultural use. Mr Greener mentioned that during the Second World War, 23 workers were killed when the Luftwaffe mistook the fertiliser works for a munitions factory. The current business activities in the area are motor vehicle repairers, some second hand shops, a plant rental company and an ice-cream factory and vehicle depot.
Over the last 10 to 15 years there has been at least seven professional consultations and reports carried out at Spittal Point for the purpose of evaluating how best to improve the look, amenity and employability factors.