'World class' plan for lake shoreline

The Westmorland Gazette: The first stage of the proposed scheme is to extend the marina, but a hotel and shops could also be in the pipeline The first stage of the proposed scheme is to extend the marina, but a hotel and shops could also be in the pipeline

A PUBLIC consultation is being launched over ambitious plans to regenerate a part of the Windermere shoreline, turning it into a ‘world class’ visitor attraction.

Windermere Aquatic, which owns land on the waterfront at Bowness Bay, says it wants to extend the Windermere Quays marina as a first stage of the process.

The company also revealed that future plans would include a ‘high class’ hotel, retail units and improved public access to the lake. The plans are being shown to the public today (Thursday) from noon to 7 pm at Windermere Quays Visitor Centre, Glebe Road.

The public and lake users are being invited to make comments which will be considered as a planning application is prepared.

A spokeswoman for Windermere Aquatic said the ambition was to create a ‘world class waterfront park’ which will require both public and private investment.

“The Quays offer a wide range of facilities designed to assist the public in a safe and friendly manner as they pursue their interests in marine activities.

“ln addition to the berthing and movement of boats up to 20 metres in length, facilities exist within the marina for full servicing and maintenance, and the company has developed an excellent reputation for providing sales of boats and associated services both in the Lake District and nationally.”

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Windermere Aquatic is a family business which has been operating from Windermere Quays since 1971 and now employs 32 staff.

The expansion will safeguard these jobs in addition to creating further opportunities for employment in the area.

Managing director and owner Grahame Armer said: “We have drawn up revised plans for the development of the Quays following feedback from existing lake users.

“We have undertaken a detailed Navigational Risk Assessment and this has informed the new scheme which expands the marina in a safe and attractive way, taking account of the marine industry requirements.”

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1:52pm Thu 12 Dec 13

nickjohn says...

sounds like a good idea, the water front businesses have all suffered since the speed limit was brought in and they should be allowed to diversify.
sounds like a good idea, the water front businesses have all suffered since the speed limit was brought in and they should be allowed to diversify. nickjohn

3:50pm Thu 12 Dec 13

proffesionalcynic says...

thing that worries me is "World Class" means expensive. Pricing people out of the market, whilst i presume still employing more people on low incomes working in "exclusive hotels". Im all for investment and extra jobs, but make sure its designed for everyone not just the rich few..... plus im not sure how happy these people would be staying in a hotel next door to a nightclub, or would that mean the nightclub would have to go first????
thing that worries me is "World Class" means expensive. Pricing people out of the market, whilst i presume still employing more people on low incomes working in "exclusive hotels". Im all for investment and extra jobs, but make sure its designed for everyone not just the rich few..... plus im not sure how happy these people would be staying in a hotel next door to a nightclub, or would that mean the nightclub would have to go first???? proffesionalcynic

8:06pm Thu 12 Dec 13

thereslotofwinginglocalsonhere says...

I've just run proffesionalcynic's comment through an online bull**** translator and its given 2 results: 'Don't work hard and don't prosper' 'i'm cheap, and everyone should cater for me'
I've just run proffesionalcynic's comment through an online bull**** translator and its given 2 results: 'Don't work hard and don't prosper' 'i'm cheap, and everyone should cater for me' thereslotofwinginglocalsonhere

8:41pm Thu 12 Dec 13

chris_hodge says...

Well, i thought this was supposed to be a public consultation (OK maybe not the exactly on this forum!), so people are entitled to their opinions? If someone has a "fear" then possibly the best thing to do would be to used a reasoned argument backup up with facts to put their fears at rest? Other wise B*******t comments re above just make it sound like someone with a vested interest..... I hope they can bring extra investment into Bowness myself, ande with that Jobs and Prosperity for business owners and locals alike (whinging or not ;) )
Well, i thought this was supposed to be a public consultation (OK maybe not the exactly on this forum!), so people are entitled to their opinions? If someone has a "fear" then possibly the best thing to do would be to used a reasoned argument backup up with facts to put their fears at rest? Other wise B*******t comments re above just make it sound like someone with a vested interest..... I hope they can bring extra investment into Bowness myself, ande with that Jobs and Prosperity for business owners and locals alike (whinging or not ;) ) chris_hodge

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