Aberdeen South MP Ross Thomson has visited founders of the Greyhope Bay project in the city and urged local organisations, residents and businesses to get involved.
The Scottish Conservative has backed the initiative to create a new visitor centre at Torry Battery. The ‘Dolphins at the Battery’ initiative would provide a viewing platform giving 360degree views around Aberdeen harbour for dolphin watching, along with historic exhibits, a café and visitor space.
Architect Gokay Deveci, from the Robert Gordon University’s Scott Sutherland School of Architecture, has designed the planned visitor attraction. Planning permission was granted last year, and managing director of the project, Fiona McIntyre, has led a crowdfunding campaign to help get the scheme off the country.
Mr Thomson said: “I was delighted to visit Fiona McIntyre and get an update on progress with this fantastic project. This site has the potential to pull in visitors from far afield and it is little wonder. The views of the harbour area are incredible and there is no reason why it could not be on a par with places like Chanonry Point on the Black Isle for dolphin spotting.
"I would urge any organisation, business or individual with an interest in the marine environment that has not already done so to get involved and donate if possible. The original crowdfunding scheme was a great success but more support will be required to get it over the line and opened up to the public. I am certainly a supporter of the Greyhope Bay project and I hope we will see the visitor centre come to fruition before long.”