PLANNING permission has at last been granted for a new slipway in Arbroath.
At a development standards meeting on Tuesday, councillors agreed to give the go-ahead for an existing slipway at Inchcape Park, near to the Scottish Water pumping station, to be redeveloped and extended.
The need for a new slipway is down to the increase in private boat users in the town.
Angus Council has already pledged £124,000 to the cost of the project after a meeting of the infrastructure services committee in January.
The work will include marking a safe passage to the harbour mouth, lighting and signs.
And in the final hurdle, the project needed to be granted planning permission by councillors to officially give it the green light.
In a report given to councillors at the meeting on Tuesday, director of infrastructure services, Eric Lowson, recommended the planning application be approved.
In the report he said: “The proposal would not lead to any unacceptable environmental impact and there would be no unacceptable impact on the amenity of the area or on the working character of Arbroath Harbour.
“The proposal is considered to be a desirable improvement to small leisure craft facilities in the environs of Arbroath Harbour.
“The development would not interfere with the coastal protection policies and would not compromise road traffic or pedestrian safety.”
The slipway extension will be laid in concrete and would extend the solid deck in an easterly direction.
There were no letters of representation against the proposal and there were no objections from the head of roads, the Scottish Environment Protection Agency or Scottish Water.
And in his reasons for recommending approval for the slipway, Mr Lowson cited the tourism opportunities.
He added: “Policy encourages opportunities in and around the harbour that encourage leisure and tourism uses without compromising traditional established industries such as fishing and boat building as well as tourism leisure uses.
“The policy seeks opportunities to regenerate underused and vacant sites within the harbour.
The proposal to extend an existing slipway will improve the provision for small leisure craft within the environs of Arbroath Harbour.”