Published: 21/03/2012 12:30 - Updated: 21/03/2012 13:01

Dredging up a storm...

Mooring pontoons are put back into the water after the Peterhead-based 'Ugie Runner', pictured, finishes its dredging duties at Banff Marina. (AT)
Mooring pontoons are put back into the water after the Peterhead-based 'Ugie Runner', pictured, finishes its dredging duties at Banff Marina. (AT)

THE spending of tens of thousands of pounds of public money every year to maintain Banff's loss-making £1.3 million yacht marina has been defended by a councillor.

Work got underway this week on the annual £50,000 dredging and maintenance operation, with mobile cranes on hand to return stored mooring pontoons for up to 76 pleasure boats to the water.

The Peterhead-based dredger, 'Ugie Runner', carried out vital work to clear the inner marina and harbour approaches of silt and sand build-up to allow deeper-keeled vessels to use the facility.

Councillor John Cox last week defended the expenditure as necessary to maintain an important amenity after local conservation campaigner Mary Law insisted that the work was "a waste of money on an under-used facility".

See this week's edition of 'The Banffshire Journal' for full story.

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