03 Apr 2012
Northampton's flagship marina officially launched Friday 30th March by Environment Agency Chairman Lord Chris Smith.
Chronicle & Echo full Opening Event Report published Saturday 31st March 2012
Lord Smith will be joined by dignitaries from the organisations which helped to develop and fund the creation of the £2.5-million facility. These include Northampton Borough Council, Northamptonshire County Council, the River Nene Regional Park, West Northamptonshire Development Corporation and Northamptonshire Enterprise Partnership.
The launch will include a boat trip along the River Nene for the guests. A plaque will also be unveiled to commemorate the day and guided tours of the facilities building will be offered. RNRP CEO Michel Kerrou and RNRP Chairperson, Christopher Davidge will be attending the launch.
Andy Baxendale, Environment Agency Area Manager (Northern), said: "We are delighted to have been able to work with our partners to complete this exciting project which will provide a navigation hub for Northampton, the primary gateway to the Nene Valley.
"The moorings will attract boaters using the Grand Union Canal to travel towards the Fens of East Anglia and should form the basis of a bright future for Northampton's waterside area."
The Environment Agency constructed the marina on behalf of the Becket's Park Partnership on land donated by Northampton Borough Council. The Partnership is made up of the six funding organisations. West Northamptonshire Development Corporation (WNDC) provided £1,831,000 towards the £2,425,845 cost of the new marina.
WNDC's Chairman John Markham said: "The new marina is a crucial step in the long term renaissance of Northampton's waterside. Working with the local authorities, WNDC is transforming disused land along the River Nene in the Enterprise Zone, creating new places for people to live and work. It is part of an exciting plan to attract new jobs and investment to the town."
Councillor Tim Hadland, Northampton Borough Council's cabinet member for regeneration, enterprise and planning, said: "For years the Nene has been one of our town's hidden treasures. But more and more people are discovering that our riverside is the perfect place to relax thanks to the new marina and improvements along its banks from Sixfields to Midsummer Meadows."
Northampton marina offers 80 moorings, six of which are for residential use. The remaining 74 berths are for short-term visitors and pleasure craft requiring long-term leases. Moorings are still available. Anyone interested in applying for one should call 01733 464065.
Moorings are also available for operators of commercial leisure boats, such as hire boats and water taxis.
There are plans for a major redevelopment of the wider waterside area, including new homes and offices. In addition, later phases of the Becket's Park project may include new landscaping, lighting, cafés and restaurants to provide a busy, exciting link between the town centre and the waterside.
Construction of the marina began in at the end of February 2010.
A group of the RNRP Board members visited the new Northampton Marina on Wednesday 16th May 2012.