Worried residents fear Boston’s new £3million marina will impact on their house prices and bring anti-social behaviour.
The £3 million development was given the go-ahead by planners at Boston Borough Council last week, with councillors hailing it as an ‘exciting opportunity’ for the river and the town as a whole.
However, some people with homes on Fenside Road, where the marina will be located, have said they are worried about unsavoury behaviour in unmanned parts of the site, including noise, fly-tipping and drug-dealing.
At a meeting last week, when the plans by GJP Marina Developments were unanimously approved, resident Graham Johnson told the committee: “We are not against the scheme. What we are against is the effect on our properties and the peaceful surroundings.”
But council officers confirmed that a condition would be attached to planning permission stating that a comprehensive CCTV system would be put in place, along with lighting,
Mr Johnson added that residents were worried that the construction of the basin, which will bring water closer to their homes, could cause structural problems, increase insurance premiums and decrease the value of their homes.
However, Stephen Rice, agent for the application, said good engineering would mean there was no risk of structural damage and detailed plans would mean the insurance premiums would hopefully not increase.
Further, Coun Derek Richmond said: “If you look at other areas that have had marinas built, properties practically double in value overnight. I would have say it would go up in price and would be quite a desirable area to live.”
His sentiments were echoed by other councillors, including council leader Coun Peter Bedford.
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