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Sutton Bridge marina officially opened

A state-of-the-art tourism gateway to inland waterways from The Wash has opened for business with the launch of a new £900,000 marina.

Sutton Bridge Marina

Crosskeys Marina was officially unveiled in Sutton Bridge on Wednesday, September 13, following a four-year development project between Fenland District Council and Lincolnshire County Council.

Designed for both commercial and leisure use, the marina caters for up to 20 leisure boats, as well as the Port of Wisbech Harbour Authority vessels and the Eastern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation protection vessel.

Many of the moorings have already been allocated, and a new boating community is already starting to taking shape - and there is also the potential to extend it in future.

Speaking at the official opening, Councillor Ralph Butcher, Portfolio Holder for Growth at Fenland District Council, said: "The opening of Crosskeys Marina is the beginning of a very successful journey to come; boosting the local economy and tourism offer across the wider Wash area with the potential to expand further in future.

"It is also a great example of local authority partnership working that demonstrates we are not constrained by artificial county/district boundaries to deliver joint projects. The Council is looking forward to managing the facility going forward in tandem with its Wisbech Yacht Harbour moorings and associated boat lift and boatyard further upstream."

Councillor Colin Davie, Lincolnshire County Council's executive member for economy and place, said: "First impressions are important, and the new marina will serve as an impressive gateway to the county. It is a first-class facility and a fantastic addition to our tourism offer.

"The marina will undoubtedly help attract more visitors to the area, with many using local shops, pubs and restaurants. That will mean a boost for the local economy, which is good news for everyone."

Each mooring provides boaters with electricity and water connections, while a car park provides them with a safe place to leave their vehicles.

Funding for the project came from Lincolnshire County Council, Fenland District Council, Eastern Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authority and a section 106 community development fund for Sutton Bridge.

Anyone interested in applying for a berth should contact Andrew Foster, at Fenland District Council's Harbour Master's Office, on 01945 588059 or email: afoster@fenland.gov.uk

Article added: September 18, 2017