Everyone at Nene Marine CIC is delighted to see that the project to provide a leisure marina in Sutton Bridge has been achieved after so many years.
The initial idea was formed to provide access to the River Nene to rescue porpoise and seals from the river, while also providing a platform for other rescue services due to a lack emergency access near to the Wash.
The project was to be a millennium project but, due to land ownership issues and obstacles put in the way by the county council, district ward members and the parish council, the project has taken almost 16 years to come to fruition.
Due to these issues, we lost a grant of many thousands of pounds, which was a huge loss, but, with the determination of all involved, the project continued despite the setback.
We are so pleased that at last the boat owners who registered with us and supported us over the years will now be able to moor their boats on the marina.
The register of the 38 applicants and a waiting list of seven which Lincolnshire County Council instructed Nene Marine to compile in January 2011 has been forwarded to Paul Wheatley at the council.
We are sure the list of applicants will be given priority in order to repay their patience and faith in the project.
We suggest that any interested parties should contact the county council on 01522 550600.
Thanks must go to the district council for holding off the continual requests by the parish council for the marina funding to be given to them for other purposes.
We are so pleased that, at last, the detractors of the project have come on board to support the project.
Hopefully, they can now see the economic value the marina will have, bringing a new lease of life to the area, boosting the economy and giving the site a much-needed uplift.
The project has been an enormous and sometimes thankless task, but it has been worth it.
Originally, the marina was to have 1,400 feet of mooring capacity. This has been initially reduced, but with the hope of extending the facility further in the future.
Unfortunately, one of our colleagues, Bob Ford, died before seeing the marina built, but his efforts need to be noted and it is sad that he is not here to see the marina in place.
We would like to thank everyone who has supported us along the way. We wish the Cross Keys Marina project every success.
We will now hand over the scheme to the professionals in the knowledge that comments from our detractors were unwarranted.
It is our hope that everyone enjoys this new and exciting facility.
Jenny and Tom Rowe
Directors of Nene Marine CIC