Storm-hit North-east harbours in cash boost

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The Scottish Government has announced that an extra £3 million has been made available to east coast harbours damaged in December’s storms.

The freak weather conditions left a number of ports, including Peterhead and Fraserburgh, counting the cost.

A number of smaller harbours, including Collieston, were also faced with repair bills after walls and quaysides were damaged by huge seas.

The storm, an unusual combination of south-easterly gales, low pressure and high tides, was described as the worst to hit the North-east in living memory.

Port authorities are being invited to apply for a share of the extra £3 million. This is on top of the £1 million emergency fund announced in January.

First Minister Alex Salmond, who visited Fraserburgh Harbour earlier this week, said: “The damage caused last year could be seen in harbours across Scotland and many people still say it was the worst storm they can remember. Although the harm it caused was severe, the reaction of those affected was commendable and a real sense of community spirit was demonstrated during the initial clean up.

“The Scottish Government is working with a number of harbours to clarify the extent of support required to put right the damage caused by these storms.”