25 years ago this week: Friday, August 16, 1986

MAJOR harbour improvements costing £500,000 are on the way to Amble – and the prospects for more investment look good.

Warkworth Harbour Commissioners have just received the blessing of the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries for the scheme, which will renew and redesign a 300-foot section of the Broomhill Quay.

Consultants are drawing up final plans so that lenders can be invited soon. Work is expected to start early in the New Year and be completed by autumn, 1987.

After two years of talks with the Ministry, the commissioners are delighted to receive approval at last, chairman Mr Alan Downie told the Gazette this week.

The cost will be shared equally by the two.

He sees the project as one more piece in the jigsaw to create a picture of prosperity at Amble.

It is thought it will spur future developments in fisheries and leisure which could help turn the tide of depression in the area.

The latest project is the second phase of improvement to the Broomhill Quay where about £350,000 has already been spent on rebuilding one 230-foot section.

The scheme will concentrate on the stretch immediately to the north, which will be realigned partly to enclose the fish dock and thus provide cobles instead of the present half-dozen.

The outside will give additional berths for larger boats.