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More space for leisure boats

Work starts this week to extend the pontoons beside Lynn's South Quay and allow more boats to moor up there.

It is part of the Sail The Wash project which received Coastal Coastal Communities funding of £679,000 in March 2019 to enhance existing and create more opportunities for leisure craft wanting to visit The Wash and surrounding waterways. is being led by West Norfolk borough council in partnership with Fenland District Council and Lincolnshire County Council.

It will include practical improvements to the mooring and navigational infrastructure throughout The Wash area, and will include the pontoon extensions at Lynn this year and Sutton Bridge next year as well as the development of marketing and promotional materials to establish a Sail the Wash brand and market this among the boating fraternity .

The pontoons on South Quay
The pontoons on South Quay

Cllr Peter Gidney, Cabinet Member for Project Delivery at the council said: The venture will increase the capacity of the moorings and enhance West Norfolk as a destination for UK and international maritime visitors.

"This work represents the first steps towards that goal. Covid has caused some delays to the programme, but we are pressing ahead to get the works completed within the funding timescales. We hope to be promoting the enhanced facility for the next season. We are already working on an updated website with up-to-date navigation and anchorage surveys, which will make it easier and safer for leisure boats to travel between port destinations.”

Work is set to take around eight weeks to complete, subject to weather and tides. A marine mammal observer will be on site to ensure there is no harm to marine life. The pontoons will be closed to vessels during the work but there will be no impact on the nearby road.

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