Latest news (issued 2nd October 2014)

All boats to be Removed from Harbour Cobbled Area by 7th October 2014

The Chairman of the Portgordon Harbour Group received the following email on 1st October 2014 from Mr William Hawes of Smiths Gore:

Further studies done in recent weeks has brought to light more evidence of damage to the structural integrity of the inner pier and harbour area, reaffirming the need to have boats removed for the safety of harbour users. Following recent discussions with the Harbour Group and the wider community, The Crown Estate looked into the possibility of storing the boats on another part of the harbour. Unfortunately, this will not be possible for safety and security reasons, so we have extended the removal date to 7th October to allow boat owners more time to find alternative storage facilities in a more secure location.

 

Requests have also been received with regards to permission for tidal launches. Due to the current condition of the east pier, suspected damage to the inner pier and impending works to reinstate the east pier, the launching of boats from the slip way is not permitted.

 

The Crown Estate is working closely with the Harbour Group to find a long-term solution for the harbour and will continue to discuss future options with the community, including the offer to transfer ownership of the pier and Harbour to a local body.  We will keep the community informed of any further developments regarding the future of the Harbour, but if you have any questions please get in touch with us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0131 260 6070.

 

 

Fury as Crown Estate order boat owners out of Moray harbour

 

August 16, 2014 by 

(Published on insideMORAY Click here to view the original article)

 

The Crown Estate has sparked fury after ordering boat owners in Portgordon to find new moorings by the end of next month.

Insisting that they are acting to protect the safety of boats and their owners, the order from the government land management agency say the move is the result of damage to the east pier caused by storms last winter.

 

But boat owners say they cannot understand the decision that will affect around 20 boats.

 

The chairman of the Portgordon Community Harbour group, Lee Brown, said; "Local boat owners see it as a big blow due to the high waiting list of other moorings up and down the coast.

 

"I feel gutted because of all the efforts the group have put in have gone to waste. I'm looking at the wider picture and how it will affect the village of Portgordon as a whole and the vast amount of tourists that come to the area.

 

"I'm still trying to take it all in – the harbour is a great place to go and all that is going to disappear."

 

The group had plans to create a pontoon system that would permit around 50 to 60 boats to moor at the harbour, greatly increasing revenue raised.

 

A 40-foot section of the harbour collapsed during a major storm along the Moray coast just before Christmas last year. Locals learned earlier this year that repairs would cost between £300,000 and £400,000, with the Crown Estate previously unaware that they were the owners.

 

Speaking for the Crown Estate, Alan Laidlaw said: "Following damage sustained to the east pier last winter and our subsequent review of the structure, we are requesting that all boats currently within the harbour be removed by Tuesday, September 30 in order to protect both the boats and the safety of vessel owners.

 

"The harbour was closed by an act of parliament in 1947 so it is not officially open to boat activity. This request for boat removal follows the issue of formal notice to mariners earlier this year.

 

"Reinstatement works to improve the structure of Portgordon harbour's east pier are scheduled to commence towards the end of 2014, depending on weather conditions and contractor availability."

 

 

 


 

Latest news (issued 28 May 2014)

Richard Lochhead MSPPress Release issued by Richard Lochhead MSP

PRESS RELEASE from MORAY PARLIAMENTARY OFFICE

Tuesday 27 May 2014 - For Immediate Release

Attn: Newsdesks

MORAY'S MSP CHAIRS MEETING ON PORTGORDON HARBOUR
ISSUES

Moray's MSP Richard Lochhead last night [Monday] jointly chaired a meeting with Mrs Pringle George to give Portgordon residents the opportunity to discuss community concerns following damage to the harbour during storms, which, as yet, remains un-repaired.

The Crown Estate, who own the harbour, and The Moray Council, who are responsible for coastal protection, both had representatives at the meeting.

Speaking after the meeting Richard Lochhead MSP said:

"There was a good turnout from the local community in Portgordon illustrating the level of concern over the harbour's future. Local residents and boat owners were present and clearly want to see action soon to repair the damage.

"It is very sad and alarming to see the scale of the damage to the pier at Portgordon Harbour and the sooner we have a plan to repair the damage the better. The harbour is a focal point and is key to local community's identity.

"The Crown Estate own the harbour and irrespective of whether the Moray Council have a role to play, one way or another we all need to remain outcome focussed with the outcome being a repaired pier and a vibrant harbour.

"I am pleased that the Crown Estate are only weeks away from receiving the tenders for the work to be carried out. Whilst we await that process to complete, we need both the Crown and the Council to work together to agree how the repairs will be funded. Another parallel stream of work that needs to be undertaken is the identification of short term measures to make the damaged pier as secure as possible in the hope that the existing damage is not compounded should further extreme weather occur whilst we await the full repairs.

"We also had members of the local community willing to volunteer to help with the clearance of the harbour to help make it more accessible and the authorities should work with the local community to see what can be done.

"I will be staying in close touch with the Crown Estate and the Council in the days and weeks ahead to ensure progress is being made and that Portgordon's views are heeded."

Ends.

 


 

 

Latest News (issued 27 May 2014)

News from the Public meeting held yesterday (Mon 26 May 2014) in connection with Harbour Storm Damage

Chaired by Richard Lochhead MSP with Faye Gonzalez (Smiths Gore representing the Crown) and Roddy Burns and Dave Gowans (Moray Council).

The Crown confirmed that they have already put a contract out to tender for the design and construction of a repair to the east pier hole.  This is just to give them an indication of price in the first instance but once they get the price they will review things and discuss further with Moray Council.  Still no guarantee repairs would go ahead but at least a step in the right direction.

Richard Lochhead agreed to circulate a note of the meeting in due course

This is very positive indeed and indicates all parties are taking the matter seriously

 


 

 

Latest News (issued 24 May 2014)

News from the Annual General Meeting (held on 22 May 2014)

There was a change at the helm of Portgordon Community Harbour Group at last nights AGM when three long standing Committee Members stood down and a new Committee were elected.

Standing down due to work and home commitments were Chairman Derek Murray, Vice Chairman Malcolm Smith and Secretary Bob Thomson.

Lee Brown and Colin Hanover took over as Chair and Vice Chair respectively. Bill McIntosh took on the role of Treasurer. Kay Griffin continues as Local Groups Representative, John Dunbar takes over as Harbour Users Representative and Keith Whittaker will be taking over as Website Administrator. The Group will be looking to fill the Secretary's post at the next PCHG meeting which is on 29th July.

The AGM was well attended and the new Committee hope to work closely with the harbour owners, the harbour users and the community in the interests of both the harbour and the village as a whole. It was noted that a public meeting will be held on Monday 26th May at 7.00pm in the Lampie Hoose to discuss the future of the damaged east pier. Smiths Gore (representing the Crown Estate), Moray Council and Richard Lochhead MSP will be in attendance

The Minute of the meeting is being prepared for publication and will be issued as soon as it becomes available

 


 

 

Latest News

Time for Change 2014

The severe storm damage that occurred to Portgordon's East Pier on 5th December last year has been a massive setback for Portgordon Community Harbour Group (PCHG) and is a severe blow for all the harbour users.

Further discussions are ongoing as they await the decision of the Crown Estate but PCHG is committed to using whatever influence it has in trying to secure the best future for the harbour and the surrounding area.

click here to read the full article

 


 

Latest News

Pier has been examined by specialists

Portgordon Harbour remains under the ownership and control of the Crown Estate and Portgordon Community Harbour Group have had long terms plans and aspirations to seek funding for the regeneration of the harbour and to take over ownership. We met with the Crown Estate to inspect the damage immediately after the storm and they have engaged the services of consulting engineers CH2M Hill (Halcrow) to advise them further. We understand that the Crown have received their engineers report and are currently considering their options. PCHG are hopeful that repairs will be carried out by the harbour owners.

However this latest severe damage has the potential to alter the aims and objectives of PCHG and the Group will be meeting at the end of January to discuss the issue further.

Next meeting Tuesday 28th January 2014

Lampie Hoose 7:00pm

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Latest News

SEVERE DAMAGE TO PORTGORDON EAST PIER

more pictures here

The severe storm damage to the East Pier is a massive set-back for Portgordon Community Harbour Group. It is also a severe blow to all the harbour users and it will raise serious concerns about the effectiveness of Portgordon's sea defences. The harbour plays a significant role in protecting some areas of the village from the sea and concerns will be heightened if the east pier is allowed to deteriorate.

Portgordon Community Harbour Group have no responsibility for the operation and maintenance of the harbour, it remains under the ownership of the Crown Estate. However PCHG will be looking to meet with both the Crown (as harbour owners) and Moray Council (who have coastal protection responsibilities) to see what can be done.

The cost of any repair work is likely to be huge and it will take some time to get answers but we will ask if any temporary works can be done in the meantime to protect what's left of the east pier from further damage (but again this will take cash!).

We appreciate that the extent of the damage will rightly bring into question the aims and objectives of PCHG Ltd (which was ultimately to refurbish the harbour and take it under community control). After discussions with the various bodies, the Directors and Committee of PCHG will meet in January to look at a way forward.

Portgordon took the full force of the storm and many people I have spoken to say it's the worst storm since 1953, which caused a huge amount of damage. I feel sorry for all those whose houses were badly affected by floodwater. There is no doubt that the storm damage to people's houses, the sea defences and the harbour has been a major blow to the village.

Derek Murray
Chairman
Portgordon Community Harbour Group

 

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There is to be an open meeting in the Village Hall starting at 7:00pm on Wednesday 18th September 2013 organised by the Save Portgordon Beach Group

Here is the official notice:

A DATE FOR YOUR DIARY

WE THE SOPGB CAMPAIGN WISH TO INVITE ALL THE RESIDENTS OF PORTGORDON AND SURROUNDING AREA TO ATTEND AN OPEN MEETING ON 18TH SEPTEMBER 2013 IN THE VILLAGE HALL AT 7PM.

WE WISH TO GO FORWARD AS PORTGORDON COMMUNITY LIMITED. A LETTER TO ALL THE RESIDENTS AND A SURVEY WILL BE IN YOUR HANDS THIS WEEKEND.

PLEASE COME ALONG TO THIS MEETING TO DISCUSS OUR AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

A GOOD DISCUSSION OVER TEA/COFFEE AND HOME BAKING WILL LOOSEN YOUR TONGUES – SO PLEASE COME. IF YOUR ARE UNABLE TO ATTEND PLEASE E-MAIL YOUR INTEREST TO This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SURVEYS CAN BE HANDED IN AT THE LAMPIE HOOSE AT ANYTIME

PRINGLE GEORGE
CHAIR - SAVE OUR PORTGORDON BEACH CAMPAIGN

 

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An important message on behalf of the Harbour Group from our Chairman, Derek Murray, in respect of the planning proposal detailed below 

Application Comments for 13/01293/PPP
Application Summary
Application Number: 13/01293/PPP
Address: Land At Portgordon East Portgordon Moray
Proposal: Re-establish boat store/yard upgrade coastal footpath installation of solar arrays and
shoreline power cable erection of coffee house pavilion and ice house to be used for public use at

Case Officer: Iain T Drummond

Customer Details

Name: Portgordon Community Harbour Group Ltd Derek Murray

Address: The Lampie Hoose 1 Gordon Square Portgordon

Comment Details

Commenter Type: Civic Group

Stance: Customer objects to the Planning Application

Comment Reasons:
- Affecting natural environment
- Over-development of site

Comment:

At a meeting of Portgordon Community Harbour Group Ltd (PCHG) held on 30th July 2013, the Group discussed the planning application ref 13/01293/PPP. The views being expressed by many in the community were noted.

PCHG considered the environmental impact (particularly that of the solar arrays and the coffee house pavilion) and the large scale of the proposed development.

PCHG also gave due consideration to the community benefits that may arise from such a development. However on balance the Group felt that the adverse environmental impact would be too high a price to pay and the Group decided to object to the proposals.

Derek Murray
on behalf of PCHG Ltd

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Community Fayre

Portgordon Village Hall

Saturday 20th April 2013

 Guess the Whisky

The winner of the 'Guess the Whisky' competition was Trisha Johnston

The whisky was 'Old Pulteney'

find out more about 'Old Pulteney'

Trisha was not present when the winner was revealed and so Lynn Reid collected the prize on her behalf

Thanks to everyone that came along to the Fayre. It was a decent day and we gained a few more members along the way

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Update 12th March 2013: Raft Race and Gala will not take place this year (2013)

Raft Race & Gala Day 2013

Will there be a Gala Day in 2013?  A question being put to committee members on a regular basis, and it's a fair question.

Great crowd in 2011

The answer very much depends on the level of community support available for planning and running the event. Last year the Group reluctantly decided that the 2012 Gala Day was simply not feasible due to the loss of several of its key members, mainly due to relocation. The Group also wished to put concentrated efforts into the continuing quest for grant funding in order to regenerate the harbour area, which is of course the ultimate aim.

We had anticipated filling several vacant committee positions so the Gala 2013 could go ahead. Sadly, we have not been successful in increasing our numbers and so the event is in danger of being postponed again. This is not only disappointing for us, but also our visitors and others that use the event to bring in funds for their respective organisations.

HMS Hung OarThe Gala has enjoyed loyal and remarkable support locally year on year, even in atrocious weather conditions the support was there on the day. Of course this success increased demands on the committee who were always looking to make things better year on year. The event was getting bigger with a lot more content, and not surprisingly, more and more planning was necessary. Building on success does increase the demands on those responsible for success in the first place.

The Group will review matters at its next meeting when we intend to make a decision on Gala Day for this year.

You can help with this decision if you are interested by joining our committee, even as a Gala Day sub committee member. The work of a committee member is not necessarily onerous; most of us juggle the committee around our busy lives. There is usually a PCHG meeting every second month and in the build up to the Gala, every month.

As a responsible committee we must accept that our efforts to date have not increased our numbers and so we are appealing yet again for help and asking you to have a think about what you could do to help. We would also appeal to other local Groups who may be interested in getting more involved in the Gala to show their support. Just come along to our next meeting at the Lampie Hoose in Gordon Square at 7.00pm on Tuesday 12th March 2013 to see what it's all about. By attending you are not committing to anything.

Thank you for reading this.

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