BOSTON’s waterways could be set for a major shake up after plans were put forward for a £3 million inland marina on land off the River Witham.
The site, on Fenside Road, would have space for more than 160 boats as well as a restaurant, shop, childrens play area and holiday homes (see left).
If the plan is given the green light by the council, it will be a step towards embracing the river and the opportunities it provides for the town – something which is a cornerstone of the Fens Waterways Link, which aims to connect rivers in the area and boost tourism.
Agent Jeff Mason, of GJP Marina Developments, said it would also boost the local economy, adding: “It will bring more people to the area, as it will provide boaters with an opportunity of mooring their boats safely on that river throughout the year. It will certainly bring more people into that area from outlying areas.”
The plan, which is due to be considered by Boston Borough Council later in the year, has been welcomed by Fenside councillor Elliott Fountain, who said it would go a long way to regenerating that part of the town.
Coun Fountain, who said he plans to speak to various authorities in a bid to get a road bridge put in place over the Witham at that point, told The Standard: “It would be a major development for Boston, not only Fenside.
“That part of Boston gets a bad name for whatever reason, but it’s one of the most beautiful and best areas of Boston.
“If they do it more infrastructure and investment will be needed on this side of town. It’s just positive, positive, positive.”
The plan includes the conversion of derelict agricultural buildings into five holiday homes, which could increase tourism opportunities in the town, in line with ideals put forward supporting the proposed Boston Barrier, which will increase flood protection and open up the waterways.
Speaking about the barrier earlier this year, Boston Borough Council leader Peter Bedford said: “It represents a major opportunity to assist with the town’s ongoing physical and cultural regeneration, enabling us to better promote and utilise our waterways, which we all know should be a great asset to us.”
If the application is given the go-ahead by planners, it would be complete within eight months.
For a picture of the plans see this week’s Boston Standard, on sale now.