Proving that we volunteers at the Harbour aren’t tin-eared, access to the outer harbour area has been reviewed and in the coming days, the gate will open every evening between 6.30pm until 9.30 pm. This coincides with cessation on daily commercial activities within the harbour. Prior to closure each evening, a volunteer will inspect and ensure that the harbour is good for the following day. Clearly, this is another burden on the small volunteer force, so please do not hesitate in assisting us with this chore. The more people help us navigate our way through this, the better it will be for everyone. As I intimated in the Newsletter, we will continue to review the situation as it develops through the mackerel season.
We do make a request that if you are out on the outer pier, please observe safety notices and actively tell people you see within the fenced off area on the north side, to get out. From the top, you can’t see what’s underneath, that’s because there isn’t much vertical support left, it’s not safe there, hence the signage. Further signage will also appear to prohibit fishing within the harbour basin. Again, please support us in enforcing.
On a personal matter, I do wish to point out that I only arrived back in Cromarty late Saturday night from a family holiday (previous comments, including the piece in the Cromarty Newsletter were all done remotely), met the Harbourmaster at 10.00am on Sunday to discuss and agree a way forward. We then reconfirmed later in the day, coincidentally just as there was an unauthorised entry onto the outer pier. Out of courtesy, I then informed the chair of the Community Council and my fellow Trustees of what was proposed whilst giving them some grace to come back to me with any questions. All told, this shows that we listen and move to respond where we can. We will move again when circumstances permit. I make that commitment.
Chair, Cromarty Harbour Trust