A SERIES of safety improvement works have started in Brixham harbour.
The £250,000 Torbay Council scheme is designed to improve safety for the fishing industry and harbour users.
It has been funded by the council through the Brixham harbour reserve account.
Cllr Nicole Amil, chairman of the harbour committee, said: "These works reflect Tor Bay harbour's ongoing commitment to improving safety for the fishing industry and harbour users."
As part of the improvement work, defective timber fender will be replaced.
Protective rubber strips will also be installed on timber fenders while steel ladders will be replaced.
Concrete and steel repairs will also be carried out to the quayside edge and a 500kg lifting hoist will be installed on the fish quay for landing catches from the day boats.
Brixham harbour master Paul Labistour said the work will be carried out from a barge in the harbour and should not have any impact on harbour users.
He said: "These significant harbour improvement works clearly show that the Tor Bay Harbour Authority is listening and responding to the concerns of all stakeholders in the port.
"We have advised mariners that minor concrete repair works have started but more significant work will impact on harbour operations from mid-August.
"The works are expected to take about three months to complete.
"They will be almost fully undertaken from a harbour barge, so little impact on the quayside is anticipated.
"However, some berthing arrangements will have to be co-ordinated by harbour staff."