Aberdeenshire Projects

Aberdeenshire Projects

 

Details of most recent projects displayed first.

 

AEFF in Aberdeenshire delivers a wide range of projects which provide both economic and community benefit.

 

Round 9

 

 

 

 

Peterhead Heritage Trail
Managed by:
Aberdeenshire Council
Project Description

 

The project proposes to create a new heritage trail that will encompass the traditional fishing town of Peterhead. A small heritage trail which already exists will be upgraded and extended to include the town centre, the harbour,  restaurants, coffee shops, fish market and the Arbuthnot museum.

 

Residents and visitors to Peterhead are expected to benefit as the trail will enable wider promotion of the local area and offering. The project will link together 23 points of interest which will increase footfall through the town centre and boost local businesses.  There are also intentions to link the trail with local seafood producers to add to the visitor experience.

 

Along the trail there will be visual blades / interpretation boards which will contain literature and information about the fisheries significance of a particular point along the trail. QR codes will be included on the visual blades which will lead users to a more detailed website. It is anticipated that this will enhance the visitor experience of tourists in the area compared to more traditional means.

 

 

Quote from Participating Organisation

 

“The Peterhead Heritage Trail Steering Group are delighted to receive funding on behalf of the community towards renewing the Peterhead Heritage Town Trail and would also like to thank AEFF and the Aberdeenshire FLAG for their support and advice with the application process .  This funding will be used to deliver an innovative and high quality trail which will celebrate the history and impressive architecture that exists in the town.  Working with community groups and Peterhead Academy, the group will deliver a trail that the Peterhead Community can be proud of. The Town Trail will help to increase footfall through the town centre and attract new visitors to Peterhead.”

 

 

 

Rosehearty Boat Storage Compound
Managed by:
Aberdeenshire Council
Project Description

 

 

To help better meet the needs and aspirations of harbour users, Aberdeenshire Council have proposed constructing an extension to the existing boat storage compound and improve the access to Port Rae Pier at Rosehearty Harbour.

 

The project aims to extend the existing boat storage area to allow more space for harbour users such as inshore fishermen to store their vessels and gear throughout the year. It was recognised after consultation with customers of the Rosehearty Harbour that a new facility was required to support the operations of inshore fishermen and harbour users.

 

A boat storage compound built in 2009 is already at full capacity and requires to be extended to better meet the needs and requirements of the local community. Summer storage is also required to service the needs of the Rosehearty Community Boat club. It is hoped that more local residents will be encouraged to participate in sailing activities through the development of the project.

 

 

Quote from Participating Organisation

 

“Aberdeenshire Council are elated to have been awarded the AEFF Grant to assist in the extension of the existing boat storage area at RoseheartyHarbour. The project integrates the local community, the Rosehearty Community Boat Club , harbour customers and visitors to the RoseheartyHarbour area whom will all benefit from the new facility.

 

The new facility will provide a service to the community that encourages safe recycling, easier and safer access to Port Rae Pier and maintains shore side parking for residents and visitors alike.

 

The new car park and compound will service the Rosehearty Community Boat Club providing parking and safe storage for their vessels. This will encourage their aims to provide sail training and encourage sailing activities in the area. It is anticipated that they will encourage visitors to take up these activities.

 

The new compound will provide facilities for safe winter storage of vessels and gear. It will be used by Aberdeenshire Council customers and visitors to the Harbour area including the recreational dive boats and divers that use the area.”

 

 

 

 

 

The Seafront, Seafood Restaurant
Managed by:
Marilyn Paterson
Project Description

 

 

The project consists of the redevelopment of an existing unused fisheries building at MacduffHarbour to create a quality Seafood Restaurant facility. This restaurant will cater for the needs of harbour workers by providing takeaway facilities as well as increasing the touristic offering of the Macduff harbour front by promoting locally caught fish in a unique harbour setting.

 

The project proposal will assist in the development of tourism in the Banffshire Coast, specifically Macduff by providing a place to eat. The restaurant will be open daily and will increase the service provision on offer to harbour users. The restaurant is expected to sustain Macduff as a base for fishing operations by supporting the industry and the fishing community.

 

 

 

Quote from Participating Organisation

Marilyn Paterson: “I am delighted with the award of the AEFF Grant to contribute towards “The Seafront” Restaurant, which will promote locally caught fresh fish, attracting harbour users and visitors to the area, catering as both sit-in and take away.  Many thanks to the AEFF team and Aberdeenshire Council.

 

 

Marina Feasibility Study
Managed by:
Stonehaven Town Partnership
Project Description

 

The project proposes funding a Feasibility study focusing on the viability of developing a Stonehaven Marina.

 

A consultancy practice is invited on behalf of the Stonehaven Town Partnership to carry out a study on the proposals to develop the harbour into a marina. Stonehaven contains Aberdeenshire’s largest recreational harbour, consisting of three basins extending to 18,200 square metres. There are almost 140 leisure vessels which regularly moor at the harbour with several fishing boats.

 

The project is anticipated to benefit the local community and economy in several ways if the aims of the study are endorsed. This will include providing services and amenities to local residents by bringing in a wide range of new users, creating a stronger and more diverse local economy, creating new jobs and increasing tourism.

 

 

 

 

Round 8

 

 

 

Seafood See Here!
Managed by:
Moray Firth Partnership
Project Description

 

The project consists of an inter regional joint area project which covers three local authority and FLAG areas – Highland, Moray and Aberdeenshire. The proposed project area stretches from Cape Wrath in the North along the Moray coast, south to the Aberdeenshire border with Angus. All three FLAG areas are expected to benefit equally from the project in terms of input per area.

 

The project proposes to make it easier and more accessible for residents and visitors to the area to purchase and enjoy more of the top quality seafood that is landed around our coasts.

 

To achieve this, MFP intend on creating a website which maps sources of seafood, fish vans, restaurants, hotels etc. This will promote local Scottish seafood and allow tourists the opportunity to find out more information focusing on events in the area.  A project officer will be appointed to deliver the project aims and organise a minimum of two Seafood events in each local authority area.

 

 

Quote from Participating Organisation

 

“We greatly appreciate the support of the Aberdeenshire FLAG in securing EFF funding for “Seafood- See Here!”, which is an innovative cross-area project also involving the Highland and Moray areas.  The project’s fresh approach aims to enhance  the availability of locally landed seafood for the benefit of local communities and businesses as well as supporting ongoing tourism initiatives.  The range of practical measures, coupled with out of the box thinking, has sparked a lot of interest and offers of support already, including  wider national and international links.  One or more part-time project worker posts will be created.  Anyone interested in taking part is asked to contact the MFP – info@morayfirth-partnership.org”.

 

” Maureen Macmillan, Chair of the Moray Firth Partnership said:  ”This innovative project is another example of the Moray Firth Partnership’s commitment to enhancing local coastal communities and making the most of the fantastic resources available on our doorstop.  Sea Food- See Here! is a fusion of  fishing, environment, heritage and economic development .  Helping people access and enjoy local seafood  is seen as a  key ingredient for success in sustaining healthy local communities.”

 

 

 

Feasibility Study on the Proposed Phase 3 of the Harbour Regeneration programme
Managed by:
Port Erroll Harbour Trustees
Project Description

 

The project proposes funding a Feasibility study focusing on the proposed phase 3 of the Port Erroll Harbour Regeneration programme.

 

A Consultancy Practice is invited on behalf of the Trustees to carry out a study on the proposals to regenerate Port Erroll harbour as per the regeneration plan. A detailed review of the elements contained in phase 3 will focus on the viability of constructing a new visitor centre, harbour office, restaurant/café and the development of a lobster hatchery.

 

The Feasibility study would examine the financial and commercial viability of such facilities being proposed. The study will address employability opportunities, potential revenue streams; explore economic sectors such as tourism and investigate the community capacity to deliver these projects.

 

 

Quote from Participating Organisation

 

 

David Webster, Port Erroll Harbour Trustess

 

“The Trustees of Port Erroll Harbour Cruden Bay are delighted to have been awarded the Axis 4 Round 8 funds to facilitate an extremely important Feasibility Study to be carried out on the proposed Phase 3 of the Harbour’s Re-Generation Programme.  It is hoped that the outcomes of this in depth Study will reinforce The Trustees views regarding the content and viability of Phase 3 of the Harbour’s Re-generation Programme and also confirm that this Phase will provide a good marine facility for all the working Fishermen, Leisure users, Visitors and Tourists.

The Feasibility Study is also expected to produce mature data indicating that robust revenue streams can be achieved for carrying out the future repairs, maintenance and securing the long term viability of the Harbour”.

 

 

 

Round 7

 

 

Fraserburgh Harbour – Provision of Pontoons in South Harbour
Managed by:
Fraserburgh Harbour Commissioners
Project Description

 

 

The project involves installing pontoon provisions which will allow approximately 30-40 leisure craft and yachts to use the port on a regular basis. This will enable Fraserburgh Harbour to develop part of the South Harbour into a community asset as the public will be able to use the facility.

 

This project will allow the harbour to develop and diversify through the increased trade and income from extra berthing capabilities. It is anticipated that the Fraserburgh economy will also benefit from the increased usage and additional berths as local shops and businesses which currently service the facility will be able to take advantage of increased custom.

 

At present, the Harbour draws in pleasure craft and Yachts from afar afield as Norway, Denmark and other Scandanavian ports. The town of Fraserburgh, situated in the North East coast provides an excellent location for yachts which sail across the North Sea. It is hoped by adapting the South Harbour that more yachts can be attracted to the port which will in turn benefit the local economy.

 

 

Quote from Participating Organisation

 

“Fraserburgh Harbour Commissioners are delighted with the award of AEFF
grant assistance towards the planned new pontoon facility in the South
Harbour. The pontoons will provide 30-40 new berths for smaller
vessels including leisure craft and will enhance the current facilities.
The Commissioners thank the AEFF team for their support throughout the
application process, as well as Aberdeenshire Council, Marine Scotland
and the EU for providing the funding.”

 

 

 

Gardenstown Harbour Eco-Tourism Vessel Access Project
Managed by:
Gardenstown Harbour Trustees
Project Description

 

The project consists of the implementation of enabling works to allow Gardenstown Harbour to better meet the needs and aspirations of visitors to the village, particularly those participating in eco-tourism related to marine activities such as dolphin watching.

 

Gardenstown Harbour Trustees proposes to carry out enabling works to part of the end of the West Pier. This will consist of foundation works, as well as re-facing part of the inner end of the pier, providing 4 mooring poles, and upgrading an existing staircase ladder linking the top of the pier to an existing landing platform below. The implementation of the enabling works will provide enhanced embarkation/disembarkation facilities for larger leisure craft including eco-tourism vessels, based at Gardenstown, as well as any visiting vessels from other ports along the north Aberdeenshire coast e.g. Banff.

 

The provision of a secure leisure vessel mooring point at the end of the West Pier, combined with safer access to a landing platform/vessel, will provide significantly enhanced passenger safety. In turn, this will encourage more visitors to take the opportunity of going out on the eco-tourism vessels, with visiting vessels allowing passengers to disembark at Gardenstown Harbour, thereby increasing visitor numbers and potential visitor spend in the village and surrounding area.

 

The new landing facility will also be used by fishermen based at the port, providing improved and safer facilities for landing fish, shellfish and creels

 

Quote from Participating Organisation

 

“Gardenstown Harbour Trustees are delighted with the award of AEFF grant assistance towards the plans to upgrade the end of the West Pier and thereby significantly enhance facilities for ecotourist and other larger leisure vessels using the harbour. Ecotourism is a rapidly growing sector and the provision of enhanced landing facilities for visitors will allow Gardenstown Harbour to fully capitalise on the wealth of marine natural history to be found along the north coast of Aberdeenshire. The project will benefit local ecotourism operators as well as the providers of visitor accommodation and services, enhancing the economic sustainability of the village and surrounding area.
The Trustees thank the AEFF team for their support throughout the application process, as well as Aberdeenshire Council, Marine Scotland, and the EU for providing the funding. The provision of the grant will allow Gardenstown Harbour to put in place another key element of its strategic development plan.”

 

 

 

International Fishermen Social/Shelter Project
Managed by:
APEX Church
Project Description

 

 

The project proposes installing Wifi at the Apex Centre which will allow International Fishermen the opportunity to contact their families back home. This will enable the fishermen to communicate through electronic means such as emails, internet and social media.

 

For the past few years, the ApexChurch has been engaged in supporting the International Fishermen that are part of the North East Fishing Community. The Church organises regular entertainment evenings which provide a safe haven for the International Fishermen to meet and chat. During the evening the fishermen can build relationships with their fellow international workers whilst they enjoy a range of recreational facilitates such as games of pool, chess and karaoke.

 

The Apex Centre situated on Broad Street, which is in the Peterhead town centre.  The building acts as an important shelter for the Filipino and African Fishermen which operate out of Aberdeenshire fishing ports. The Apex Centre supports the work of the local Royal National Mission to Deep Sea Fishermen and provides guidance and help for International Fishermen in need by visiting those injured in hospital, arranging transport to AberdeenAirport and crisis support when fishermen have been mistreated.

 

To further improve the facilities offered by the Apex Centre and improve the working experience of the Fishermen, the voluntary organisation has decided to develop the following project

 

Quote from Participating Organisation

 

“Apex Church Peterhead are pleased to have received support from the Aberdeenshire European Fisheries Fund to contribute towards the provision of Wifi accessibility, IT infrastructure and hardware for the International Fishermen working in the Scottish fishing fleet. Apex Church would like to thank the AEFF and Aberdeenshire Council for all their support. The assistance received from AEFF has made this project possible and will provide an invaluable connection for our international friends with their families back home” – Daniel Sutherland (Assistant Pastor).

Round 6

 

 

 

Installation of one tonne Ice Machine at Banff Harbour
Managed by:
Aberdeenshire Council
Project Description

 

 

Local fishermen from Banff Harbour and surrounding Harbours often require ice to pack their catch and maintain its freshness. Currently there is no local option for the smaller local fisherman to obtain this ice easily and conveniently. To this end the harbour service has sought AEFF grant funding to assist in the costs of installing a small ice machine (1 tonne per day) at Banff Harbour in order to provide this service to Local Inshore Fisherman.

 

The benefits to the Local Inshore Fisherman will be in the form of added value to their product increasing its quality and saleability. This will help to support local fishing communities and help them increase their economic potential by strengthening their competitiveness.

 

 

Quote from Participating Organisation:

 

Paul Giles, Aberdeenshire Council:

 

“Local fishermen from Banff Harbour and surrounding Harbours often require ice to pack their catch and maintain its freshness. Currently there is no local option for the smaller local fisherman to obtain this ice easily and conveniently. To this end the harbour service has sought AEFF grant funding to assist in the costs of installing a small ice machine (1 tonne per day) at Banff Harbour in order to provide this service to Local Inshore Fisherman.

 

 

The benefits to the Local Inshore Fisherman will be in the form of added value to their product increasing its quality and saleability. This will help to support local fishing communities and help them increase their economic potential by strengthening their competitiveness”.

 

Increased Efficieny for Macduff Shipyards
Managed by:
Macduff Shipyards
Project Description

 

The project proposes to build a new boat launching ramp at Union Road Boat Shed in Macduff.

Due to changes in market demand, Macduff Shipyards no longer build traditional wooden boats and at present the boatshed is being used for the construction of steel work boats and tugs.

 

The existing wooden boat launching way is no longer fit for purpose as the boat building industry diversifies into building steel boats.  At present, new steel boats once built, are transported from the shed via a crane onto a trailer and transported to the other end of the harbour which is restrictive in the types of vessels which can be built at Macduff Shipyard.

 

The new launch way will be a purpose built and inclined concrete ramp, allowing the launch of larger steel and aluminum boats directly from the shed into the harbour.

 

 

Quote from Participating Organisation

 

 

Rory McCann of Macduff Shipyards Ltd:

“Macduff Shipyards Limited are very pleased to receive assistance from the Aberdeenshire European Fisheries Fund to contribute towards the installation of a new boat launching ramp at the Union Road Boad Shed. MSY would like to thank the AEFF and Aberdeenshire Council for their support.”

 

Ythan Estuary Forvie New Visitor Facility
Managed by:
Scottish Natural Heritage
Project Description

 

The project is aimed at delivery of improved tourist and community facilities by promoting a more broadly based economy through promotion of Aberdeenshire coastal eco-tourism and protecting and enhancing the coastal and marine environment.

 

The project will design and construct a sheltered interpretive education hub that will hold 30 people at Forvie Nature Reserve, Aberdeenshire.

 

The site at Forvie will be promoted as part of a chain of managed nature reserves along the east coast of Aberdeenshire from Fraserburgh to St Cyrus.  The Forvie NNR is already one of the featured visitor attractions on the Energetica Website and will continue to be committee to joint working in providing an enhanced facility for local people and visitors.

 

Forvie currently attracts in the region of 35,000 visitors per year.  Visit Scotland’s figures for the area suggest that the average trip duration for Aberdeen and Grampian are below those for the rest of Scotland.  The project will enhance the visitor experience for people accessing the site through this area

 

Quote from Participating Organisation

 

We are grateful to the Aberdeenshire European Fisheries Fund for their support which will allow our project to enhance the visitor experience at the entrance to the Forvie National Nature Reserve to go ahead. We plan to improve the non-motorised access to some of the best areas of the Nature Reserve and build an interpretive hub beside the estuary to help people appreciate the great scenery and wildlife of the area. The site has close links to the coast and we hope that this project will help attract more visitors to the area supporting jobs and businesses along the coast.

 

Ewan Lawrie SNH Operations Officer said “There are a several great places for visitors to experience the coast in the North-East and we hope that this will attract more visitors both to Forvie and sites up and down the coast.”

 

Annabel Drysdale the Reserve Manager said “Forvie is a very special place. The path works will help people access the reserve more easily and the will provide some shelter and information about the site. We think the hub will be really special and will provide a great resource for visitors and small groups.”

 

 

Back Green
Managed by:
North East Scotland Preservation Trust
Project Description

 

The project aims to restore the buildings in the traditional fisheries area of Portsoy known as “Back Green” and convert them into 4 star bunkhouse accommodation for tourists.

 

The Back Green Bunkhouse Project proposal is to provide accommodation for 25 visitors in a stunning location on the sea shore.  The project aims to create jobs, provide training opportunities and boost the economy of the town.

 

Quote from Participating Organisation

 

“The North East Scotland Preservation Trust is delighted to receive financial support from the Aberdeenshire European Fisheries Fund Axis 4 to contribute towards the redevelopment of the historic buildings at Back Green as bunkhouse accommodation for tourists. Finding a viable new use for derelict building is always challenging, but in this case bunkhouse accommodation is a perfect fit and will bring real economic benefit to the community”.

 

Round 5

 

 

Gardenstown Harbour Development
Managed by:
Gardenstown Harbour Trustees

 

Project Description

 

To enhance visitor facilities at Gardenstown Harbour including installation of an events kitchen in the former Salmon Bothy which is located at the seafront, plus additional outdoor seating comprising of 10 benches and 4 picnic tables and installation of CCTV.

 

Quote from Participating Organisation

 

Ian Moir, Secretary, Gardenstown Harbour Trustees said:

 

“Gardenstown Harbour Trustees are delighted with the award of the AEFF grant and would like to thank the AEFF team and Aberdeenshire Council.

 

“The award of the grant will allow the Trustees to make significant progress with the implementation of their strategy of increasing visitor numbers and enhancing visitor experience at GardenstownHarbour, one of the most picturesque fishing villages on the north Aberdeenshire coast. The new events kitchen will support a range of activities designed to promote the village’s fishing heritage and culture, with the new seats and picnic tables improving facilities for visitors, allowing them to increase their appreciation of this vibrant fishing and leisure harbour.

 

“The trustees will continue to invest in improving the harbour, and promoting the fishing and cultural heritage of the village in partnership with other local community organisations.”

 

Installation of Wi-Fi at Fraserburgh Fishmarkets
Managed by:
Fraserburgh Harbour Commissioners

 

Project Description

 

In a busy, fast moving world where communication is vitally important many users of Fraserburgh Fishmarket had expressed concern regarding the mobile phone connectivity in the market.  The installation of a wi-fi internet connection in the fishmarket area will alleviate this problem and allow all users of the markets to carry out their business efficiently and effectively on the spot.

 

Better communication channels will improve contactable buyer base which in turn has the potential to increase price paid for the product landed into the market. A benefit to the local fishermen, port and wider community.

 

Quote from Participating Organisation

 

 

John Murison, of Fraserburgh Harbour Commissioners:

 

“Fraserburgh Harbour Commissioners are delighted to receive financial support from the Aberdeenshire European Fisheries Fund Axis 4 to contribute towards the installation of a wi-fi internet connection at the whitefish markets and would like to thank the AEFF and Aberdeenshire Council for their support.”

 

Sandhaven and Pitullie Enabling Works
Managed by:
Sandhaven and Pitullie Harbour

 

Project Description

 

The project consists of enabling works which will be carried out to a 40m length of the north west face of the Central Pier at Sandhaven & PitullieHarbour.  This will allow Sandhaven & Pitullie Harbour Trust to site already purchased pontoons adjacent to the re-faced pier wall increasing capacity for leisure vessels from its current level of 40, to a new level of 60 mooring spaces.

 

Quote from Participating Organisation

 

Bob Watson, Co-Chairman, Sandhaven and Pitullie Harbour said:

 

“The decision by the Fisheries Local Action Group (FLAG) to allocate a grant has been hugely welcomed by Sandhaven & Pitullie Harbour Trustees, and by the community at large.

 

With other match funding elements in place, this will allow a major upgrade of the harbour’s middle jetty to be undertaken. The project will enable 20 to 30 extra mooring berths, to cater for proven demand.

 

Extra berths and the resulting higher income stream will then drive the next move to develop the harbour’s east basin, using, initially, the many thousand tonnes of rock armour to be received from the Fraserburgh Harbour deepening project.  The fact that Fraserburgh Sea Cadets have chosen Sandhaven Harbour as their operational base, and are to build a training centre and community facility, toilets, showers etc., sports hub, at the east harbour basin, financed by money raised by their own national organisation’s fund raising team, is also very significant, and shows a confidence in the future of Sandhaven Harbour.

 

 

Much of the economic benefits mentioned are dependent on the ‘enabling’ effect that the AEFF grant will have brought, when the harbour middle jetty upgrade is completed.”

 

Peterhead and Fraserburgh Fish Processors Association Development Officer
Managed by:
Peterhead and Fraserburgh Fish Processors Association
 

 

Project Description

 

Peterhead and Fraserburgh Fish Processors Association (PFFPA) recognise the demand for Scottish fish and seek to employ a Development Officer to enable improved industry cohesion and to strengthen local markets for fish.

 

The project will help add value to and create markets for locally landed fish.  The role of the Development officer will be to raise awareness of PFFPA’s activities and to promote the interests of the 60 members within the North East of Scotland.  It is anticipated a wider audience and market for locally landed and Scottish Seafood will be the outcome of the project.

 

Round 4

 

Whistle My Lad
Managed by:
Whistle My Lad Ltd

 

Project Description

 

Whistle My Lad is the name of short film written by Julian Nicholson and directed by Richard Burke.

 

The short film will be in the format of a period drama set in 1911 on the Banffshire Coast in a small, isolated fishing village (Crovie).  Filming will take place in both Crovie and Gardenstown.

 

The film will focus on the maritime history of the area and tells the story of a romance between a young fisher-girl and boy and their bid to escape the stifling world in which they live.  The film will focus on the fishing heritage of tiny fishing communities on that coast in the early twentieth century

 

The short film will be used to promote the Banffshire coastal area.  The short film will be shown at a  number of community hubs in the local area post production and be used by partner agencies, including Banffshire Coast Tourism Partnership to promote the coastal area as a highly distinctive and quality spot.

 

Quote from Participating Organisation

 

Richard Burke, Executive Producer, on behalf of Whistle My Lad Ltd,

“I am  delighted to receive financial support from the Aberdeenshire European Fisheries Fund to contribute towards the production of the short film “Whistle My Lad”.

 

The film is set in 1911 in a secluded fishing village on the Banffshire Coast and depicts the tragedy of forbidden love between two teenagers from rival fishing families. This will be a beautifully filmed, artistic production which will be entered for Cannes and other film festivals.  The team then aim to shoot a full length feature film in 2014.

 

Shooting will begin on April 8th in various locations across Aberdeenshire, including Crovie, New Aberdour and Portsoy.  The coastal scenery is an integral part of the film and our international BAFTA award-winning crew look forward to bringing the story to life and highlighting how picturesque the local surroundings are.

 

Whistle My Lad Ltd would like to thank the AEFF and Aberdeenshire Council for their support.”

 

 

Round 3

 

 

Energetica Coastal Path – Phase 1
Managed by:
Aberdeenshire Council
Project Description

 

The eco tourism project relates to the development of two stretches of coastal path as Phase 1 of the Energetica Coastal Pathway.  The Phase 1 project will link the traditional fishing and coastal areas of Collieston, Whinnyfold, Cruden Bay and Slains Castle, improving accessibility and thus enabling an appreciation of the natural Aberdeenshire coastal environment. The project will develop two coastal path stretches; Collieston to Cruden Bay and Cruden Bay to Slains Castle.

 

The project will link the settlements, all of which have strong maritime links and impressive cultural heritage associated with the sea. The maritime heritage of the areas will be promoted through associated literature, website links and by way of permanent information boards at selected locations.

The project will promote the defined fisheries and coastal areas and offer infrastructure that will benefit walkers and cyclists in the local area and beyond. The development of the project will improve the profile of the defined areas as an eco-tourism destination and increase opportunities for wildlife and cultural heritage tourism. It is anticipated that the coastal path development will create opportunities for businesses and communities in the area.

Quote from Participating Organisation

Matthew Watt, Environment Planner, Aberdeenshire Council said:

“The Energetica team are thrilled to receive financial support from the Aberdeenshire European Fisheries Fund to contribute towards the development of the coastal path network. This project will provide access to the coastal environment and provide a multitude of benefits for local and visitors. The funds will allow new parts of the coast to be opened up and improve access to some key attractions. We have some of the most stunning coastal environments in Scotland and it is an exciting prospect to allow more people to experience these. The installation of innovative interpretation material will enhance the visitor experience and will bring the cultural heritage of the area to life. The development of this project will deliver sustainable tourism and promote the coastal environment to a wider audience. “

Round 2

 

Cairnbulg Harbour Development Phase II
Managed by:
Cairnbulg Boathaven
Project Description

 

The project will deepen the harbour at Cairnbulg allowing for the installation of one new pontoon which will provide 20 additional berths.  The infrastructure improvement will benefit small pleasure crafts and increase touristic offering in the area.  The project will ensure the long term development and sustainability of the area.  The project is supported by Cairnbulg Boathaven, a friendly society.

Quote from Participating Organisation

Michael Summers, Cairnbulg Harbour Chairman, said:

 

“Cairnbulg Harbour Chairman Michael Summers expressed delight on behalf of the Harbour Committee on the news that the Cairnbulg Harbour development has been awarded funding from AEFF.  The funding will allow the present facility to add a further 20 berths to the already busy Marina.  Work on this development is expected to commence in the next few weeks and be completed in time for next year’s season.  The committee are extremely grateful for all support towards this development from AEFF and Invercairn gala groups who have made this application a reality”

 

Our Village: A People’s Story of Johnshaven
Managed by:
Benholm and Johnshaven Heritage Society
Project Description

 

The project consists of the redevelopment of an existing lifeboat shed building at Johnshaven to create an exciting Heritage Hub that will encompass the areas rich maritime history.  Internally there will be a variety of visual display panels on show permanently that will illustrate the villagers story of the fishing industry throughout the years.  The project will create a seasonal Project Co-ordinator position and the Heritage Hub will be open for general public use, whilst also providing a venue for hire.

 

Quote from Participating Organisation

Don Marr, Vice Chair Benholm and Johnshaven Heritage Society, said:

 

“The grant from the Aberdeenshire European Fisheries Fund is fantastic for us….it is the culmination of many years of dedication and vision from the local community which will help us preserve and develop the heritage of the local areas for years to come.  The funds will enable us to see our vision for the lifeboat shed come to fruition, and we are very grateful that AEFF and the Fisheries Local Action Group share our vision, and we look forward to seeing the project come to life.”

 

Whitehills Seafood Restaurant
Managed by:
Whitehills Harbour Commission

 

Project Description

 

The project consists of the redevelopment of an existing unused inshore fisheries building at Whitehills Harbour to create a Seafood Restaurant.   The restaurant will focus on creating a “seafood culinary experience” showcasing a wide range of locally sourced seafood products.  The Seafood Restaurant aims to showcase local produce and put the local area on the map as an added touristic offering.

 

Quote from Participating Organisation

Alan Downie, Chairman Whitehills Harbour Commission, said:

 

“The commissioners are delighted with the AEFF award which will help create a fantastic new seafood restaurant alongside Whitehills Marina.  The funding is an exciting and important contribution for the Whitehills Marina, community and surrounding areas.”

 

Taste of Grampian Seafood Pavilion
Managed by:
Aberdeenshire Council on behalf of Taste of Grampian

 

Project Description

 

The project will establish a dedicated Seafood Pavilion at the annual one day Taste of Grampian Event held at Thainstone, Inverurie.  The Seafood Pavilion will be used to promote local seafood, fishmongers and seafood producers to local consumers, as well as educating them about under utilised species and how to cook seafood.  There will be an educational area for children which will display literature from agencies including Seafood Scotland to encourage engagement and participation with seafood from a young age.

 

Quote from Participating Organisation

Elizabeth Mathie, Industry Support Executive (Food & Drink) for Aberdeenshire Council, said :

 

“On behalf of the Taste of Grampian Steering Committee, I would like to say how delighted we are to have secured an Aberdeenshire European Fisheries Fund grant towards introducing a Seafood Pavilion at the annual food and drink festival next June.  I believe this grant provides us with a real opportunity to bring a new dimension to Taste of Grampian in 2013.

 

By bringing together fishermen, fishmongers and seafood producers in one area, we can inform consumers about under utilised species, help educate children on the health benefits of seafood as well as providing tastings and information on cooking seafood.”

 

Banff Coast Tourism Development 2012 – 2015
Managed by:
Banff Coast Tourism Partnership

 

Project Description

The project will develop the Banffshire Coast encompassing the fisheries food and drink and maritime culture the area has to offer.  The project will directly support the economy of the Banffshire Coast by employing a Project Co-ordinator to work with local fisheries communities around the coastal area and develop the areas natural assets such as eco tourism, harbours and the variety of fish landings available.  This will be managed through a collaborative approach with local businesses and will uplift the fisheries areas around the Banffshire Coast and increase tourism and interest into the traditional fisheries areas.

 

Quote from Participating Organisation

 

Zillah Jamieson, Director of Banff Coast Tourism Partnership, said:

 

“The Banffshire Coast Tourism Partnership is delighted to be awarded this funding from the European Fisheries Fund Programme.  The funding will enable us to develop and deliver a number of exciting and innovative initiatives which will promote the collective ‘wealth” of the area, enhance the visitor experience, encourage visitors to come for longer and increase the financial contribution to the local economy.  We aim to develop and maintain a vibrant sustainable tourism sector through our unique fisheries heritage and wealth of seafood produce available locally.  We will promote the employment and disperse economic and social benefits derived from tourism across the area.  This is particularly critical in a rural area such as ours.”

 

Portsoy Organisation for Restoration and Training
Managed by:
Scottish Traditional Boat Festival

 

Project Description

The project will restore derelict buildings within the Portsoy Harbour.  Once restored they will be developed into a Boatshed that will pioneer a completely inclusive package offering year round boat building, restoration and sail training for participants of all ages.  This will also incorporate rope making, rigging and sail making, taught by ex fishermen from the local vicinity.

 

Quote from Participating Organisation

 

Roger Goodyear, Chair of STBF and James Crombie, Board Member said:

 

“The Scottish Traditional Boat Festival is absolutely delighted to have secured the funding from Aberdeenshire European Fisheries Fund Axis 4 for the restoration of the PORT (Portsoy Organisation for Restoration and Training) Boatshed by the harbour at Portsoy.  Thanks to the hard work of a dedicated team of volunteers, a highly successful project has developed over the last few years by which a growing number of children have been learning basic boat building and sailing skills.  Meeting the growing demand from schools for the project has been difficult due to limited space and resources. The Boatshed will provide these by creating a permanent workshop and associated facilities and in the longer term it is planned to add accommodation thus providing residential courses.  The process of reconstruction will be used to teach RGU architecture students on a live project, and to help local trades people to learn energy efficient building techniques.

 

 

Round 1

Seafood Festival and Trail
Managed by:
East Grampian Coastal Partnership
Project Description

 

The project aims to scope out and research a “Seafood Festival and Trail” for the North East. A feasibility study will identify where locally sourced seafood can be bought and showcased in the area and will compile a full audit of findings to identify issues and promote opportunity.  AEFF will provide a total of £3,600 towards the project which is also supported by East Grampian Coastal Partnership and publicly co-financed by Marine Scotland.

Quote from Participating Organisation

Ian Hay, Project Manager, East Grampian Coastal Partnership, said:

“Aberdeenshire has a very strong fishing heritage and is the major centre for fish landings and processing in the UK. However it is not the easiest place to enjoy actually eating our local seafood, the vast majority of it being exported.  This project aims to increase the knowledge of the fishing industry and most importantly increase that availability of local seafood for both visitors and locals.  A business plan for a seafood trail and possible year long seafood festival will be prepared to explore these possibilities.  We have some of the world’s best seafood in this county so lets find out were to buy it, fresh or cooked, and start enjoying it’

 

 

AEFF in Aberdeenshire delivers a wide range of projects which provide both economic and community benefit.

 

Case studies in other FLAG areas can be accessed here.