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Since its formation in 1998 Dunbar Harbour Trust has had some significant successes. Initially set up as a Harbour Trust Association with representatives from all harbour users it took control over the harbour administration. East Lothian Council then applied for a Harbour Revision Order under section 14 of the Harbours Act 1964 as a result of which they were given Statutory Powers to operate the harbour which came into effect on 30th September 2004.
The twelve Trustees are unpaid volunteers and the cost of maintaining the quays and piers is met from income from harbour dues, such as fish landing and mooring charges and there has been some considerable successes. More vital works found to be on necessary for the upkeep of the require many hours spent sourcing and applying for funding. It should be noted that all Trustees are volunteers and receive no payment for their work. The revenue from the services offered by the Harbour Trust is used entirely to finance the harbour management and development to the benefit of harbour users, residents, visitors and the local community.
This is a list of achievements since the formation of the Trust.
  • A radar survey of the north wall to ascertain its condition – subsequent repairs ongoing for the past 10 years and recent  grant funding of  approx. £235k
  • New ladders in all three harbours
  • Installation of a fuel store with card controlled access for commercial users
  • New slipway project  aided by the Royal Engineers
  • Water and Electrics on the pier side for commercial users
  • Davits – 1 powered to assist with fish landings
  • Investigation of the Vaults
  • £1m refurbishment of McArthur’s Store to provide 11 fishermen’s stores
  • Replacement of Castle fencing
  • Installation of CCTV cameras
  • Additional moorings  in all three harbours to  increase income stream
  • Broadhaven Breakwater
  • Bridge Upgrade
  • Safety Signage
  • Repair of Leading Lights
  • Several new interpretative panels
  • Introduction of Web Site
  • Harbour lighting upgrade
  • Refurbishment of HM Office
  • Supply of Storage Boxes for nets etc
  • Web Cam Link to Seabird Centre
  • Archaeological Survey of Battery
  • Bathymetric Survey of Harbour
  • Replacement of side chains in Victoria Harbour
  • Road resurfacing
  • Replacement railings
  • New railings at harbour entrance
  • Harbour Festival
  • Repair to main chains
  • New Life Rings
  • Safety inspections monthly
  • Monthly Newsletters
  • Harbour Welcome sign
  • Harbour speed limit signs
  • Purchase of HM Store
  • Hot work container 
  • 4 new Electric Davits
  • Audited Compliance with the Port Marine Safety Code
  • DHT signed an enabling license agreement with the DFA to allow the Association to progress the installation of a cold store and freezer in Victoria Harbour
  • A fish box storgae system was introduced at Victoria Harbour
  • Fuel Management System upgrade
  • Public Convenience provided on the South Pier
  • Water and Power available at the Maintenance Bay and Cromwell Harbour
  • New lateral chains in Victoria Harbour
  • Slipway, Steps and pathway weed killing improved
  • Dog Fouling - a weekly clean up introduced at Cromwell Harbour
  • Upgrade the the Propeller area funded by Viridor Credits grant
  • Repair to the end of the slipway to improve launching facilities for the Inshore Lifeboat
  • New ladders introduced to improve access to the Maintenance Bay
  • Remote control introduced to improve the safe operation of the original Spencer Carter davit
  • Installation of electricity bollard at the visitor's berth
  • Kittiwake excrement cleared and the area under the castle made cleaner and more attractive
  • Litter Compactor installed thanks to a Civic Pride Grant to improve litter management
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