An April start is planned for building the long awaited £894,000 commercial and pleasure boat marina in Sutton Bridge.
The project has been on Lincolnshire County Council’s books for around five years and has suffered repeated delays, one of which meant a big chunk of European funding was lost – resulting in fewer moorings for pleasure craft.
As it stands now, there will be 60m of twin-sided moorings for pleasure boats, 50m for commercial craft and a further 60m for pilot boats.
The scheme also includes a 60m town quay, a car park, footpath and installation of utility services.
A council spokesman said: “We are hoping to finish the works certainly before the end of the year and certainly in time for the boating season in 2017.”
The spokesman said as well as gaining planning consent, the project had to get marine and flood defence consents before work could start.
The project has been fiercely criticised by some people in the village – who have doubted it will bring economic benefits – but it also has strong supporters, including former parish councillor Jenny Rowe.
Mrs Rowe was part of a community interest company, Nene Marine, that backed the project from the outset.
She thinks it will bring an economic boost to the village.
“It’s just a fact that marinas do that everywhere,” she said. “It’s just a shame that it’s not going to be the size that was originally proposed, but the planning application does allow for an extension at a later date.”
Mrs Rowe says Sutton Bridge has a lot to offer, including the Sir Peter Scott Walk, the Sir Peter Scott Lighthouse, also known as East Bank Lighhouse, and lovely riverbank walks.
• Problems over land ownership and legal agreements delayed the project. In 2011 it was expected the marina would be ready for the 2012 boating season and in 2014 the county council was predicting a pre-Christmas start.