£25m marina scheme revealed for Poole Harbour
PLANS for a massive marina set 200 metres offshore from Hamworthy Park have been revealed by
Poole Harbour Commissioners.
Proposals for the 25 million boat haven with 950 berths include a new home for neighbouring Poole Yacht Club.
Part of the Port Master Plan, the curved breakwater would include some land reclamation, pontoons, a berth for a cruise ship, workshops and a small marine business park, possibly an education centre and the potential to create several hundred new jobs.
The original "Poole Harbour Marine Centre" proposal at Hamworthy depended upon Poole Yacht club members voting to accept terms from PHC for new premises. That vote was not achieved. Drop a Piano recorded the complete catalogue of events including the details of the incentives and implied threats provided to members in voting papers, newspaper articles that questioned PHC about "bullying and the clandestine nature of the negotiations with PYC, and filed a report to the Secretary of State for Transport. In April 2011 PHC withdrew from further negotiation with PYC, and there was a visit by the Minister for Ports. In a public Area Committee meeting in Hamworthy, PHC stated that due to stakeholder feedback it was now "changing tack" and rather than pursuing the "Poole Harbour Marine Centre" proposal at Hamworthy as a single project, it would produce a "Port Master Plan". That Port Master Plan has subsequently been produced. It still contains the original proposal but now includes a potential alternative location at Poole Quay.
DROP A PIANO REMAINS OPPOSED TO ANY MARINA DEVELOPMENT AT HAMWORTHY. WE MAKE NO COMMENT ON ANY ALTERNATIVE SITES.