Redevelopment to secure the future of Eyemouth boat yard

Plans to ensure the future of Eyemouth boat yard include replacing the existing sheds with buildings tall enough to cope with modern vessels.

Monday, 22nd October 2018, 10:20 am
Updated Monday, 22nd October 2018, 10:23 am

Eyemouth Marine Ltd has submitted two planning applications to Scottish Borders Council, to demolish the existing sheds at the boat yard at Browns Bank and replace them with new buildings.

The planning statement reads: ‘The re-development will raise the height of all three sheds and enclose the largest, allowing paint and coatings to be applied year round and to a better quality finish.’

The slipways do not have the height to accommodate the largest fishing vessels in the harbour undercover, so they have to be worked on outside, limiting certain work to the summer months, when boats need to be out fishing.

The increased ridge height in the central shed to a maximum height of 18.5m will allow boatsto be worked on inside.

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‘If the redevelopment does not proceed, the downward cycle that the boatyard was stuck in prior to EML’s inception will continue,’ the report states. ‘Unless we can match the facilities and skills of the RNLI’s own repair yard in Poole, we will gradually see the decline of RNLI repair work.”