In case you are wondering….yes… the work to form the Harbour Gateway is UNDER WAY! P+K Landscapes of North Berwick have started to prepare the ground and paving will be complete by the end of November.
THE BIG HOLE IS NOT FOR A FOUNTAIN BUT FOR A FOUNDATION THAT WILL WORK TO SUPPORT THE FINISHED PIECE WHICH WILL BE ABOUT 7 TONS IN WEIGHT.
GARDNER IS CAREFULLY CHIPPING AWAY AT THE BLOCK (WHICH STARTED OFF AT ABOUT 20 TONS) AND WILL GRADUALLY REFINE, PIERCE AND CARVE FINER DETAIL IN LINE WITH THE MAQUETTE.
AS YOU CAN SEE, THERE ARE MILLIONS OF STROKES TO THE STONE AND GARDNER WILL WORK AT HIS OWN PACE IN GOOD WEATHER UNTIL HE IS HAPPY WITH THE END RESULT.
Well, you know how it is. Things happen and the minutes just get lost….somehow! So, our apologies for the delay but you may now enjoy MINUTES OF MEETINGS from our September and November meetings. We did meet in October but minutes failed to generate and updates were absorbed into notes in November. Follow the links for….Happy Reading!
We had a focussed meeting on 5th May and were very pleased to have Liz Wardaugh from Wingate TRA with us.
Lots of things to think about and catch up on… do get back to us if you have any thoughts on matters raised.
As part of the neighourhood resilience planning project, Scottish Flood Forum has helped the group to get ready for the spring storms. Two public information sessions later and all potentially affected houses have been given the chance to find out more.
In a collaboration between ELC and DSHNG, group members will meet with marine engineers in February 2015 to see if there is a viable add long term solution to the issues relating to sand loss from the East Beach. We will keep you posted!
How we want it to be, once more!
We start gardening on 15th February. Everyone will be welcome at the Beach Garden, Colvin St. No experience is necessary!
Gardner Molloy, a celebrated sculptor from Port Seton, will start work shortly on The Creel Loaders. The piece will sit in a paved garden in Victoria St and guide visitors to the Harbours.
The Dunbar Harbour Gateway project has been funded by Viridor Credits and a private, local benefactor. The work is programmed for completion in the summer of 2015.
A Regeneration Project
The Dunbar Shore and Harbour Neighbourhood Group (DSHNG) is committed to trying to improve the publically accessible areas of the East Beach and Dunbar’s harbours. During our annual estate inspection in 2013, we identified a small piece of land at Cromwell Harbour, closely adjacent to McArthur’s Stores, which had become overgrown and untended.
Upon enquiry, it appeared that this land is owned neither by East Lothian Council nor by adjoining house or business owners. It is a patch that is used as a dog toilet.
After discussion with Dunbar Harbour Trust, some of the local fishermen and Barry Buglass (whose shellfish premises abut the site), it was agreed that it would be preferable for this patch of land to be paved over. DSHNG would like to see this patch paved in high quality but very low maintenance materials to match the existing paths which have been laid in Caithness slabs with granite margins.
The group would, in addition, very much like to add a small street art work and would like to see a lobster carved into one of the paving stones. We think this would add to people’s pleasure as they use and visit the harbour and the lobster is an appropriate reminder of the business carried out on a daily basis in this place. We want to make people smile!
ELC have now given us funding and a lobster is on the way, set in cobbles from the Victoria Harbour.