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Sunday, 05 July 2015

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Haverigg marina plan set to bring jobs and tourism boost to village

AN ambitious £1m Haverigg Marina project could become a reality – and create up to 10 new jobs.

The plans would see the lake by Port Haverigg Holiday Park, surrounded by the sea wall, turned into a berthing area for around 200 boats – in what would be the “closest marina to the Lake District”.

Steve Attwood, part-owner of the holiday village, is preparing to submit a planning application to Copeland Borough Council.

Mr Attwood, whose family has owned the holiday village since 1986, was keen to stress that the plan is in its infancy but said it could be completed by spring 2015.

He said: “It’s going to put this area on the map.”

To build the marina, a sea lock measuring around six to eight metres wide and 30 metres long would have to be installed in the sea wall by the lake, allowing access for boats.

“When I first had the idea I thought the cost of installing a sea lock would be astronomical. I was quite pleasantly surprised when I looked into it and found it would be around £300,000,” he said.

The lake would be fitted with a series of floating pontoons, and onshore facilities could include a chandlery and clothes shop. Shower and toilet facilities already exist on the site, and the Ski Bar and Cafe has a licence to sell alcohol.

Mr Attwood has commissioned a feasibility study and is in talks with planning officers about preparing an application.

Millom Town Councillor Doug Wilson said: “Obviously it will be subject to planning laws and there will be environmental safety aspects, but he just has to present his ideas to the council in a logical way.

Mr Attwood said the locking system would allow the level of the lake to be controlled, and said the work would not prevent walkers and motorists from using the sea wall.

The Port Haverigg Holiday Village and Butterflowers Caravan Site were put up for sale last year for a combined price of £6m. According to the website of agents GVA Humberts Leisure the sites are currently “under offer”.


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