Marina plan is becalmed

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Plans for a £915,000 marina at Sutton Bridge are on hold because the county council is trying to sort out a legal issue on land ownership.

Construction should have finished by end of this month, but work hasn’t started.

The county council now says the marina will not be completed until spring at the earliest or at the latest the “latter part of the year”.

County council marina project manager Andrew Jee said the land ownership issue has seen “a document chase through the Cambridgeshire Archive Offices” and the council seeking legal advice in order to find a way forward and safeguard the considerable investment of public money.

The marina will have 80 moorings and the council believes it will provide a huge boost to the local economy.

Earlier this year, county council head of enterprise Justin Brown said the economic spin-offs could be as much as £200,000 a year.

He said: “The new marina will attract thousands of visitors to the area. This will mean more money for local businesses, both creating and protecting jobs.”

• The cost of the marina is being met by the county council (£273,000), Section 106 money held by South Holland District Council from the power station fund (£267,000) and the Rural Development Programme England (£375,000).