Work starts on Sutton Bridge marina
Work was due to start yesterday on the long-awaited £900,000 commercial and pleasure boat marina at Sutton Bridge.
Lincolnshire County Council says the first visible signs will be the installation of power and water supplies, involving trenching works along the riverbank.
This will be followed by the driving of piles into the riverbed and the attaching of new mooring pontoons and access brow, beginning around June 1.
Old moorings will be decommissioned and a new bank-top footway constructed before the marina comes into operation.
The council anticipates that the leisure moorings will cater for up to 20 boats (a combination of those owned by local boaters and visiting craft).
The authority also believes the commercial moorings will ensure that both the Nene navigation pilot boat and Eastern IFCA (a fisheries protection agency) can remain based in Sutton Bridge.
Each mooring point will provide boaters with electricity and water connections at the tie-up point, while a car park will allow marina users to leave their cars safely off the road while tending their boats.
Colin Davie, Lincolnshire County Council’s executive member for economic development, said: “The marina will act as a gateway to the county, and we want to make it as attractive to visitors as possible.
“We anticipate it will lead to increased visitor numbers, many of whom will be using local shops, pubs and restaurants.
“We also expect to see opportunities arise for businesses providing services for the boating community.
“This will provide a significant boost to the local economy, something that will benefit businesses and residents alike.”
The works to create the marina are expected to be completed by autumn and boat owners are likely to be able to begin using the new facility in early 2017.
Funding for the project has come from Lincolnshire County Council, a s106 community development fund for Sutton Bridge, and the two commercial users.
• Applications from boat owners seeking mooring space are now being invited and can be made to the council’s economic development service on 01522 550600.