Community work improves harbour

maidens Harbour Trust is gearing up for a busy 2011.

The village harbour has undergone some extensive refurbishment work over the past 12 months to improve access and increase usage.

The former fish farm pontoons, bought last year, have been installed alongside the harbour wall improving access.

Trust secretary, David McGettigan, feels the pontoons have been a great addition. He said: “These have proved to be a great success in not only providing more berths but also making it so much easier for boat owners to access their vessels.

“These improvements mean we now have a full harbour for this season and a waiting list for future berths we hope to create.

“Further development of the pontoon legs is planned as is an improved access to the pontoon walkaway from the steps, which are also scheduled for refurbishment.”

New service points have been installed to allow for metered power.

And improvement will continue throughout the year, as David explained: “Since the close of last season, we have taken advantage of a quieter harbour and dug out thousands of tonnes of clay and silt further improving and deepening the access channels to accommodate this year’s boats.

“Work starts later this month on extending the slip to the low water mark which will make launching and recovery of smaller vessels a lot easier and save boat owners and canoeists a tramp through the mud.”

The work done is carried out be a group of dedicated volunteers who have been giving up their weekends, putting in the long hours and often in freezing weather for the good of the community.

Mr McGettigan paid tribute to the hard-working bunch: “Their considerable expertise has enabled the decidedly aged digger and dumper truck to be kept going, despite the rigours of the salt water corrosion which is a constant problem.”

The Trust hold their next meeting on Saturday, April 16 in Maidens Bowling clubhouse at 10.30am.

Boatowners and interestef members of public are welcome to attend. Residents of Maidens wishing to give their time or services to the Management Committee are asked to put their names forward for nomination to the Harbour Committee Management Group.