Work on lifeboat station to begin next month

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WORK on Montrose’s new £1 million lifeboat station is due to begin next month, the RNLI has said.

The project has been delayed for more than a year while the organisation has negotiated with Scottish Water for the relocation of a sewer and utilities to clear the Wharf Street site.

Planning permission for the scheme has already been granted but the charity now needs approval to reorientate the building through 90 degrees from the layout plan already submitted.

An RNLI spokeswoman said: “I’m pleased to confirm that work on the initial phase of the building project, the jetty and pontoon, should commence by the end of May.”

Tenders have been received and the charity is in the process of appointing a building contractor.

The project is set to cost more than £1 million and funding has been secured from a legacy of around £1 million left to the charity by Fife couple Hugh and Molly Brown.

Mrs Brown died in 2006 and her husband passed away in 2009, leaving their estate to the RNLI.

Contributions will also come from other legacies and donors, charitable trusts and the RNLI’s own funds.

The decision to move to the new site, which has been provided by Montrose Port Authority, from the harbour’s north quay was prompted by the increasingly unsuitable accommodation for the crew.

Montrose’s lifeboat station is one of the oldest in Britain and is too cramped for the crew members to work comfortably.

The new station will provide the best possible crew training facilities incorporating showers, toilet, an office and a garage for the inshore lifeboat.

It will also include a shop which the charity hopes will, along with its more high profile site, improve public access.