The Pier was duly repaired during the summer of 1990 at a cost of £60,000 of which £30,000 was raised by the efforts of villagers and “friends of Collieston”. Its future was ensured by Parliament passing the “Collieston Harbour Revision Order (1991)". This allowed for the re-establishment of the Harbour Trustees. Their main task was to set up and manage a fund “to ensure, as far as is possible, that the cost of repairs to the Pier might be met as the winter gales dictate”.

In 1992 the Coastguard was regraded as an Instant Response Team of only four men.In 1993 Scottish Natural Heritage became responsible for the management of the Forvie National Nature Reserve and a new Visitor and Education Centre was opened at Little Collieston in 1998. It is part of the North Sea Coastal Trail and attracts a large number of visitors annually. The growing ownership of personal computers enabled the trend in home working to continue. But by the close of the century declining stocks of wild salmon meant the long established fishery on the beach at Forvie was no longer commercially viable. Malcolm Forbes, on behalf of the Cruden Bay Salmon Company, last fished it in 1999. A century on from the declining fortunes that followed the construction of the Pier, Collieston is prospering as never before. It is however a prosperity built on factors over which villagers have no control. Just as they had little foresight as to the consequences of building the Pier, the villagers can do little to direct the futures that face them.

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