Issued to Portgordon Community Harbour Group by SmithsGore 24 October 2014.
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Click the link to view Crown Estates latest statement regarding repairs to the East Pier at Portgordon Harbour.
All boats to be Removed from Harbour Cobbled Area by 7th October 2014
The Chairman of the Portgordon Harbour Group received the following email on 1st October 2014 from Mr William Hawes of Smiths Gore:
Further studies done in recent weeks has brought to light more evidence of damage to the structural integrity of the inner pier and harbour area, reaffirming the need to have boats removed for the safety of harbour users. Following recent discussions with the Harbour Group and the wider community, The Crown Estate looked into the possibility of storing the boats on another part of the harbour. Unfortunately, this will not be possible for safety and security reasons, so we have extended the removal date toto allow boat owners more time to find alternative storage facilities in a more secure location.
Requests have also been received with regards to permission for tidal launches. Due to the current condition of the east pier, suspected damage to the inner pier and impending works to reinstate the east pier, the launching of boats from the slip way is not permitted.
Please click the link above to view the article on The Press and Journal website.
Please click the link above to view the article on Inside Moray.
Shocking news for Portgordon and harbour users in particular; as soon as we have more information on this issue we will post it here and on our facebook page.
just click above for more information about the harbour clean-up
Harbour Under Threat!
During December 2013 a storm caused considerable damage to the wall of the east pier resulting in masonry falling and partially blocking the entrance channel
The harbour owners, Crown Estates, acted promptly and arranged for the damaged area to be fenced off. The owners also commissioned a report from experts, which is now in their possession, and will be holding talks with The Moray Council whom it is understood have a duty of care in respect of sea defences
The local community urgently awaits a positive decision from one or both parties as to the outcome of their deliberations. Any lengthy delay could have dire consequences for the remaining structure
Portgordon Community Harbour Group are looking forward to hearing the outcome of the two party talks and hope for a positive resolution to the matter. Our future aim of regenerating the harbour to benefit the local community is on hold at the present time and will remain so until the question of repairing the east pier is resolved. It is a fact the harbour is the focal point of the village and the reason for its existence. It's appreciated commercial activity finished long ago, however, the harbour remains a community asset with great potential
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The Harbour Group is facing a number of challenges at the present time. A combination of factors are causing us to have a major think about the future. The serious storm damage that occured in December 2013 has without doubt been a setback. Take a look at our Minute of the committee meeting held in March for more information click here
History of Portgordon harbour
The harbour dates from 1797 and was originally constructed with wooden piers. Between 1870 and 1874 it was pretty much rebuilt and became a very successful fishing port
In 1947 the Crown Commissioners closed the harbour because the decline in fishing meant it was no longer viable. As a closed harbour there was no maintenance carried out and after years of neglect the weather took its toll on the structure.
In the 1980's a team of Gurkhas (69th Gurkha Independant Field Squadron) were deployed to carry out repairs on the structure and many in the village feel this was yet another famous, though unsung, victory for these remarkable fighting men - in fact they made a further two visits in the eighties and left the harbour in a good state of repair.
The Gurkhas will never be forgotten for they, many thousands of miles from their homeland, worked hard and allowed the village to preserve something that would otherwise be a ruin and of little use to anyone. Read more about the Gurkhas
There are moves afoot to regenerate the harbour and create a marina to bring something that will it is hoped, breathe new life into the village. The forming of a group in 2003 under the banner of Portgordon Community Harbour Group has paved the way for the future