Full steam ahead for £3m Boston marina plan
PLANS for a £3 million marina on the River Witham off Fenside have been approved following a unanimous vote by planners.
This area of land will be transformed into a 161-berth basin with facilities including a restaurant, shops and workshops once work is completed. This is estimated within eight months.
Attending the meeting, council leader Peter Bedford said: "This is an exciting development for Boston, and justifies the county council putting £11 million funding up for the Boston Barrier and the waterways."
The application is an amendment to plans which were refused last year because of objections from residents.
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At the meeting, resident Graham Johnson told the committee he and his neighbours were worried about anti-social behaviour in the area, as there will be a wild flower meadow which is open to the public.
However, members of the committee said that measures will be put in place for this.
Coun Yvonne Gunter added: "I think this is a wonderful opportunity for Boston to open up for tourism. I think it will put us on the map."
The plans were approved with 27 conditions in place. These include the road along the side of the western embankment of the marina shall be used for emergency and maintenance vehicles only, no river craft shall be used for permanent residential accommodation and the movement of boats by vehicle within the workshop yard area shall only take place between 7.30am and 8.30pm Mondays to Fridays and from 8am and 2pm on Saturdays and at no time during Sundays and bank holidays.