We had a very positive meeting with Port Edgar Holdings, when they confirmed that the improvements and alterations at PE are going to plan and that funding for all the work has been secured. The dredging is complete and the shed at the top of the slipway has been demolished.
The main point of the meeting was to discuss the options for our new clubhouse. Whilst they are willing and have given us provisional lease costs to provide us with fully serviced site where we could build our own clubhouse, they are keen that we should be part of the new Hub building.
PE Holdings reiterated that they see PEYC as a key element in their development of PE as a major center for sailing in Scotland and they want to support us with the creation of a new clubhouse, as it will be of benefit to both parties.
Now that the funding is secure, PE Holdings are in the position to proceed with the hub building and have appointed architects to carry out the design.
A principle part of the proposed layout will be a lounge specifically for PEYC members, of similar size to our existing lounge and dining area combined. Our private lounge will sit alongside the bar and café that will be run by a third party, to meet both their needs and ours, including desired opening hours. There will also be space for a room suitable for meetings and posting the race results etc.
A key element of our new Clubhouse and the Hub will be to make the most of the spectacular views of the three bridges and the marina, both from inside and on terraces. This should be a place where you are proud to be a member and enjoy using at times other than after sailing.
PE Holdings are planning for the Hub to be a quality building, housing a Bistro and café, new toilet and shower facilities and the marina office It will be the center of activity at PE, an ideal location for the Yacht Club to be based.
The challenge is not to increase membership costs, so lease terms were discussed. An option is to lease the building as a shell and fund all the internal works and services ourselves. By investing the funds that have already been raised for a new clubhouse, this could potentially half the annual lease charges and avoid having to increase the fees to cover the lease.
Aware that there are membership concerns over dinghy parking, options were discussed. PE Holdings also feel that this is a matter that needs to be addressed.
An option that they are considering, is to allocate an area or compound to PEYC for active dinghy sailing members.
An update meeting is planned for May or early June, giving members an opportunity to comment on the proposals and make further suggestions.