Akunnaaq

Akunnaaq is one of the settlements under Aasiaat and is located approximately 23 km east of the town on the island of Akunnaap Nunaa. The settlement was founded as a trading station in 1850, but was already inhabited before its formal foundation.

Settlement objectives (priority areas, development goals etc.)

Akunnaaq’s present service and housing level is to be sought maintained. Further urban development is to take place within the existing subareas. Regarding occupation, especially fishing must be strengthened and improved, so sufficient areas should be allotted for new facilities, quay and fishing places. The tourism potential should be investigated and should be realised in and around the settlement. Simultaneously, suitable housing and public offers, outdoors and indoors, are to be provided, e.g. by rethinking existing empty houses and by including more functions in public houses. Environmental matters in the settlement should be improved by providing suitable area allotment for a dump etc.

Population and housing

The population has halved since 1980, maintaining a stable level of around 100 inhabitants during the past 15 years. It is therefore expected that the population level will maintain stagnant. As no increase is forecasted for the planning period, the primary need will concern replacement buildings in connection with redevelopment of senior and family houses.

Housing solely consists of detached, mostly single-family, 1-1½-storey houses. A proportionally high number of the houses are relatively old, built before 1960.

Industry and port facilities

Existing jobs primarily lie within fishing, sealing and whaling, seasonal production at the fish factory and skilled trade. Services, the shop, the school and the municipal administration of settlement facilities and offices also create jobs.

Akunnaaq has a good natural port with fixed quay facilities, boat ramp and pontoon bridges for small boats.

The town plan leaves room for building approximately 2,000 m2 for industry and port purposes.

Infrastructure and service

The settlement is serviced by a helistop, which was relocated to its present location west of the settlement a few years age.

The road structure primarily consists of an east-west road, running from the telecommunications plant and the cemetery in the east to the helistop and E dump area in the west, with a byroad to the port and church.

There is a diesel-powered power plant and the water supply is based on surface water distributed via pipes and bottling houses. Operations is managed by Nukissiorfiit. Houses are individually heated by private oil-fired burners. Waste is dumped at the dump west of the settlement, where also night soil is deposited, or burned in the settlement’s incineration plant. Plans exist to move both the dump and incineration plant to a more appropriate location. There is no solution for hazardous waste and metal scrap.

The settlement has a church (built in 1908), a settlement consultation post, a trading place for raw materials, a municipal workshop with adjoining laundry facilities and a carpenter’s workshop and KNI Pilersuisoq (grocery store).

Education

The local school (Aadap atuarfia) has 15 pupils.

Cultural and leisure facilities

The church (B-153), the trading station manager’s house from 1926 (B-85), the salting house from 1948 (B-75) and the two old warehouses (B-71 and B-83) are considered preservation-worthy.

The settlement also boasts a village hall and a soccer field that is located between the settlement and the helistop. 

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Last edited 29-3-2017