DISTRICT councillors from Appledore and Northam were hugely impressed after being shown progress in work on Appledore s new £3.7 million fish dock. The project, funded by the South West England Regional Development Agency, the Marine Fisheries Agency, t

DISTRICT councillors from Appledore and Northam were "hugely impressed" after being shown progress in work on Appledore's new £3.7 million fish dock.The project, funded by the South West England Regional Development Agency, the Marine Fisheries Agency, the European Regional Development Fund, Torridge District Council and Bideford Trawlerman's Co-operative, seeks to enhance the physical structure of Appledore fish dock in four key areas.It will provide a bespoke fish processing building, improved fish landing facilities, improved accessibility to services and expansion of on-shore facilities, plus managed office spaces.The building is being constructed to high sustainability standards incorporating a copper roof and innovative features such as temperature control from waste ice to help keep energy costs to a minimum. Cllr Andrew Eastman of Appledore said: "I can appreciate the much needed demand for this facility. It will generate jobs for the local community and help stimulate the local economy. Credit must go to the council staff involved for making this a great success."Cllr Sam Robinson added: "It has been a pleasure to see the quality of the workmanship, especially as a lot of local contractors have been used here. It should secure the future for our local fishing industry and help Appledore maintain its role of a traditional English fishing village in the 21st century.