At their meeting on the 22nd
January, Lymington Harbour Commissioners (LHC) took a decision to progress plans to redevelop the Town Quay mooring area to meet changing market requirements for more walk ashore visitor berths.
The policy to redevelop the Town Quay moorings was first incorporated into LHC’s strategic plan following extensive public consultation in 2010. As part of a further public consultation on an update to the strategic plan in 2015, initial proposals were brought forward. Having taken time to carefully consider the consultation feedback, in 2016 LHC consulted on a revised layout which received strong support. The revised layout responded to the request from commercial fishermen to improve the turning space available opposite the commercial quay and to relocate the commercial fishing boat berths to provide better segregation between commercial and leisure boat activities.
During 2017 the Commissioners have taken time to develop the proposals. This included further consultation which resulted in a modification to the southern end of the walk ashore pontoon in order to increase the available turning space for large vessels using the Berthon Boatyard.
The Commissioners believe that it is essential to reconfigure the visitor moorings in order to provide the type of mooring facilities expected by modern yachtsmen, and to allow Lymington Harbour to compare favourably with other Solent harbours in order to maintain and enhance the vibrancy of the Town Quay area as a tourist destination. A conservative estimate is that the new proposals will generate an additional £1.1 million for the local economy in the first ten years.
The new proposals will:
- Increase the number of visits to local shops, restaurants, pubs and the Saturday market.
- Offer the unique prospect of holding major events at Town Quay that will appeal to event participants, local businesses, and local people.
- Respond to the changing market demand for visitor walk ashore berths thus ensuring that the Town Quay area continues to be a vibrant and successful tourist destination. The proposal will more than double the number of walk ashore berths from 19 to 46.
- Offer a choice between visitor walk ashore berths with power and water, and river moorings.
- Improve safety by (amongst other things) widening the navigation fairway and enlarging the turning areas opposite the commercial quay and the Berthon boatyard.
- Relocate the 17 commercial fishing boat berths upstream to pontoons located on the southern side of the railway bridge to be nearer the commercial quay and provide better segregation between commercial and leisure boat activities.
- Relocate 43 resident small boat leisure berths to a new finger pontoon (25) or fore and aft moorings (18).
- Relocate the commercial boat landing to be closer to the slipway thereby giving better visibility to potential customers of the services offered. The commercial landing will also be lengthened to accommodate two boats at the same time.
LHC will now apply for the statutory consents and permissions required. Subject to consents being achieved, work on the scheme will commence in November 2019 and will be completed by Easter 2020.
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