Marina plan at Port St Mary firmly back on the agenda

Boats anchored at Port St Mary harbour

Boats anchored at Port St Mary harbour

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Resurfaced proposals to create a marina at Port St Mary are making headway.

Some 20 individuals and business have responded to a prior information notification issued by the Department of Infrastructure seeking potential ideas to develop the island’s harbours.

Port St Mary Harbour

Port St Mary Harbour

Infrastructure Minister Phil Gawne said this was all about testing the water to see what interest there is harbour development. ‘It was a very exciting exercise,’ he told iomtoday.

He said there was a good range of interest shown, with suggestions ranging from smaller projects to large scale developments.

Mr Gawne said some of the parties were keen to develop marinas in the island and there was interest shown in relation to creating a marina at Port St Mary.

‘The public will be very directly involved in any development that takes place,’ he pledged.

The DoI Minister said the first step had been to find out how serious people are and if there was sufficient interest then the department would embark on full tendering exercise.

He said his department is seeking to collaborate with private investors on developments in any of the island’s harbours. Potential schemes could be in conjunction with public funds, he said.There is funding of £400,000 earmarked in the Treasury’s budget pink book in the current financial year for an upgrade to Port St Mary’s Albert Pier.

This is the first phase in a three-stage process that could ultimately result in a marina,

Initial work will involve strengthening the pier, introducing protective rock armour on its seaward side and raising its height, to prevent over-topping and will cost £6m to £7m.

The second lengthening phase will cost £8m to 9m and the third marina development will stretch to £10m to £20m.

Attempts to develop a marina in the village go back several years and have previously been thwarted by concerns over cost and scale, appearance, increased traffic, erosion and flooding.

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