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By Fiona Reid
Annan and Eskdale
Quayside’s future new look unveiled

AN artist’s impression of what Annan’s quayside could like in the future has been revealed.

Annan Harbour Action Group (AHAG) have shared the image to give townsfolk a better idea of their plans.

They are proposing to redevelop the old warehouse as a multi-use workshop surrounded by an exhibition area telling the story of Annan’s maritime and fishing heritage, with a café above and some bunkhouse accommodation for visiting walkers and cyclists.

The revamped quayside will become a community amenity and event space as well as an active travel hub for both local people and visitors.

A bridge will provide public access to the river for the first time in generations, while a tidal lagoon will offer safe conditions for novice boaters. Invasive weeds and contamination will be removed from the Merse prior to replanting with wildlife friendly native species.

And with a busy year ahead, AHAG need more volunteers to get involved.

Secretary Alan Savage said: “Regeneration of the harbour as a community asset is a massive and ambitious project and AHAG is now seeking to recruit volunteers to assist with this exciting task.

“We are looking for new members with a wide variety of real world experiences to broaden the skillsets in our membership. Could you be one of our new members, or even a charity trustee, helping to take our ambitious plans forward over the next few years?”

Meanwhile, the group is also launching a Young Placemakers initiative to recruit young people to become involved in a wide range of activities that will shape and create a future vision for the harbour.

Explaining more, chairman Richard Brodie said: “These activities will revolve around their existing interests and skills, which we hope to broaden and deepen through exposure to a range of experts and professional; across areas such as environmental planning, climate change mitigation, events organisation, new technologies, stimulating work experience and more.

“The decisions we are taking today at Annan Harbour will leave a legacy for future generations and it is important for us that young people are involved in shaping how we plan for that future”

To find out more about getting involved, go to www.annanharbouractiongroup.co.uk.

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