£22,600 will restore historic harbour

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St Andrews Harbour is to be the recipient of a grant in excess of £22,000 in the latest round of funding announced by the Scottish Government executive agency Historic Scotland.

The origins of the harbour - just a few steps from the town centre - date back to medieval times when it would be little more than the unimproved shores of the Kinness Burn.

Repairs to such a historic site become inevitable and the award of £22,600 from the Historic Scotland Building Repair Grant will provide a major boost to the works.

“The Trust is grateful to Historic Scotland for this grant and looks forward to working with them over the next few months, agreeing which repairs will be given priority and seeing them carried out,” said Trust chairman Cameron Rae. “At a time when the Harbour is about to see significant improvement in its amenity through the installation of a first phase of pontoons in the inner basin, it is also vitally important that the Harbour Trust ensures that the historic structure is also maintained.”

Key areas of restoration will focus on damage to the historic slipway on the north side of the main pier, a decayed wooden fendering in the outer basin and missing stones in the quay walls.

St Andrews Harbour is home to a working fleet of around 12 creel boats as well as a growing number of recreational users.

In announcing the awards, Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Europe and External Affairs, said: “Across the country, historic buildings which played an important role in our past also have an important role to play in our future, with schemes such as these helping to tell a new chapter in the building and its surrounding community’s future.”