Marina would benefit boat owners but provide little for our village

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I am concerned when I read in the Spalding Guardian of February 16, under the headline “Marina plans submitted,” the easy assumption that “some £400,000 of the overall cost is to be met by section 106 mone...”, and “work on the marina is due to be completed by December”.

I have raised a number of queries in your letters columns, and with South Holland District Council.

I have been unable to get an answer to the question: “Did the council exceed its authority in increasing the grant to the marina project from the Sutton Bridge s106 fund, from the original £250,000 to £400,000, without proper debate, any new business plan, and in breach of the conditions contained in the Joint Funding Agreement with Lincolnshire County Council.”

Thus the £400,000 grant must be in doubt.

Justin Brown, the author of the letter in Guardian of February 2, contacted the parish council to arrange a meeting to discuss the issues raised in my response letter of February 7.

A copy of the original business plan has now been provided to Sutton Bridge Parish Council. The content will need to be reviewed prior to that meeting. Thus the whole plan must be in doubt.

Objections have also been raised with the Marine Management Organisation, following its application for a marine licence. Without clarification, the whole plan must be in doubt.

The proposed building of the marina would potentially take £400,000 of the S106 funds; which would benefit a few boat owners, and the directors of Nene Marine CIC Ltd, but provide little for the village as a whole.

Chris Brandon-King

Nightingale Way

Sutton Bridge