Sunday, 07 February 2016

£3.25m of funding to keep Barrow marina vision alive

MORE than £3m is set to be spent on ensuring the marina redevelopment happens in Barrow.

VISION: Leader of Barrow Borough Council, Councillor Dave Pidduck believes the marina project is still a key part of the council’s regeneration plans JON GRANGER REF: 50008694B000

Barrow Borough Council has opted to dedicate £3.25m of capital spending to the project over the next four years.

The project has stalled during recent years after government funding cutbacks, but the council has continued to buy up the land required to build the multi-million pound leisure, business and housing waterfront development.

Leader of Barrow Borough Council, Councillor Dave Pidduck, said although the project has slowed down it is still a key part of the council’s regeneration plans.

He said: “Obviously the project has slowed down but it hasn’t gone away.

“We have been quietly working away buying up land. We are working with the harbour authorities to get the harbour revision order and that work is still going on.”

Cllr Pidduck said the development will have a great effect on the town, and will help to increase employment opportunities and housing standards in the area.

He said: “It will have such an impact on the town and isn’t simply a marina.

“It will change the feeling of the town and will hopefully bring money in.”

The funding was allocated as part of the capital programme by members of the executive committee at a meeting at Barrow town hall on Wednesday.

Speaking at the meeting, executive director Phil Huck said the council is still committed to the project.

He said: “Looking at the future aspirations of Barrow’s housing stock, the waterfront development would definitely play into that.

“The council is still fully committed to the waterfront development.

“We’ve allocated a substantial proportion of the capital programme towards buying up properties in the market and then we can be ready for when the housing market goes up.”

Other projects included in the capital programme are fitting a new jetty at Roa Island, spending £400,000 on the renovation of 102 Abbey Road and carrying out repairs to houses in the North Central Renewal Area.

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