AN EXTENSIVE redevelopment of Wales’ largest fishing Port, Milford Fish Docks, is getting under-way this week in a project to modernise facilities and revitalise the town’s heritage, which has links to the fishing industry going back 125 years.
The Port of Milford Haven is building new fish processing units, offices and facilities for the inshore fleet as part of its wider plan to boost the industry and strengthen the economic ties between the town and fishing industry. It is the second stage of the planned £70m redevelopment of Milford Dock that the Port hopes will make the area a top waterfront destination for locals and visitors alike.
The project, backed by the European Fisheries Fund through the Welsh Government, will enable the existing sheds to be replaced with new facilities and workspace which will enable processors to add value to seafood landed, creating jobs and investment. Jeff Teague from the Port of Milford Haven is overseeing the project. “It’s very exciting to see something that has been a long time in planning finally get underway.
Few people realise how vibrant Wales’ biggest fishing port actually is. We want to make the industry more visible and ensure it creates greater benefits for local businesses. Just as importantly we want to make sure everyone can get a taste of what is landed here, if they want it!” Contractors WB Griffiths, from Haverfordwest, will be carrying out the works, expected to continue until Spring next year.
To make way for the new facilities, two buildings, known locally as the F Shed and Packaway buildings, will be removed as part of the works. Jeff Teague says contractors will do everything they can to ensure disruption is kept to a minimum. “People should expect some traffic and pedestrian restrictions during the works, but we will keep talking to local stakeholders to make sure everyone is kept up to date with what is going on. If anyone has any concerns however, they should call the Port’s estates division Quayside Estates on 01646 696383.”