Plans to upgrade boat yard approved

Plans for a £2million upgrade of Eyemouth boat yard have been approved and work on replacing the existing sheds with modern buildings will get under way soon.

Monday, 25th February 2019, 10:16 am
Updated Wednesday, 20th February 2019, 11:21 am
Eyemouth boat yard in the background will become a focal point on the busy harbour. Picture by Kevin R O'Brien

The yard was taken over last year by Patrick Flockhart, and trading as Eyemouth Marine it intends to become a ‘garage for the sea’, using marine skills to serve the onshore industry as well as offshore wind vessels.

Scottish Borders Council planners stated: ‘This application proposes a positive generational upgrade of an existing boatyard which offers the prospect of considerable benefits to Eyemouth.’

The council’s economic development department added: ‘This proposal is crucial to halt the recent decline in the business and provide an essential service to encourage new business.’

Edinburgh and Glasgow-based Applied Engineering Design (AED) designed the new buildings, which accommodate bigger boats and allow year-round working.

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Tim Hetherington, director of AED, said: “The connection of the Eyemouth boat yard with the sea is unshakeable and it is a key employer in the town, providing work for up to 20 people. Without it, boats would have to go to Arbroath or Whitby for out-of-water repairs. The plans we prepared employ the latest civil and structural engineering techniques for work in the inter-tidal zone.”