Angela Breckenridge leaves us on Thursday 22 December after many years of loyal service. She will be replaced by Avril Anderson who is self-employed in East Lothian and is already familiar with the harbour systems. Angela and Avril
worked together a few years ago so the transfer will be seamless. The directors of the Harbour Trust are most grateful to Angela for providing her good humoured and efficient accounting services . They also warmly welcome Avril into her new role.The office will be open at the same hours each Thursday, but on a restricted basis on 29 Dec and 5 Jan.
DHT consultants produced a 2015 conditional survey and report of all the Dunbar Harbours which identified that repairs to the Cromwell Harbour wall were needed as a priority.
The most important work was the grouting of the wall core at four locations and the strengthening of both sides of the parapets.
In 2015 A G Thomson of Dunbar made an important start to these repairs which were funded by Marine Scotland.
During 2016 further grants have been made by Historic Environment Scotland, Viridor Credits and Marine Scotland. Tenders were issued to three contractors during August and the successful contractor will be appointed in early October with works due to start on site in late October. Once this work has been completed the most sensitive parts of the Cromwell Harbour sea defences will have been repaired at a cost of over £140,000.
A G Thomson has cleared the area that is to be used for the Interpretation Hub on the Battery and archaeologists have recorded the original flagstones that formed part of the old fumigation room at the hospital.
The vaults behind have been opened up (and closed again for the time being) but two of the three rooms are in relatively good condition with their old fire-places.
The main contractor, Graeme Brown, is already well under way with the consolidation repairs to the walls. This is a dangerous building site and is to be avoided by the public while work is on-going.