Marina design to protect bank

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DESIGNERS are looking at ways to make sure parking for the new marina at Sutton Bridge does not affect the flood bank.

Lincolnshire County Council says that rumours that the planned development on the west bank of the River Nene will have to move to a completely new location are not true – but said that it is working with the Environment Agency to make sure the scheme is safe.

Mary Powell, tourism development manager, said: “Lincolnshire County Council’s Technical Services Partnership is continuing to carry out design work on the proposed parking along West Bank, Sutton Bridge, required as part of the Sutton Bridge Marina proposals.

“A key factor in developing the parking proposals is to ensure that the protection given by the flood bank is not affected, and ensure that the flood bank can be properly maintained.

“Initial work consisted of consulting with the Environment Agency about these issues.

“These consultations are still ongoing and alternative layouts are being considered. The aim is to ensure that the parking will be safe, sustainable and meet the requirements of the Environment Agency, the marina users and local residents.

“Further updates of the scheme’s layout and design will be made available when they become more certain.”

The Nene Marine group has teamed up with Lincolnshire County Council, South Holland and Fenland district councils and the Port of Wisbech to bring its £750,000 leisure marina dream on the waterfront at Sutton Bridge.

Work is expected to start on the west bank of the River Nene this summer and the marina should be ready for the 2012 boating season.

Campaigners say it will boost the economy of the area and put Sutton Bridge on the map.

Sutton Bridge county councillor Chris Brewis said: “I am worried about the sea defences. As long as they are not affected then I will be happy.”