We are pleased to say that Poole Harbour Commissioners have rejected the Hamworthy option and have decided instead to seek an expansion of Poole Quay Boat Haven. While Conservative councillors objected to both locations, we met with the Commissioners and urged them to choose Poole Quay. We did this because we feel that the Quay option will help revitalise the High Street, and the Hamworthy option would have been damaging to Hamworthy Park and the harbour. Note: The Conservatives claim in their recent leaflet that their lobbying had resulted in a reduction in berths is incorrect. The figures have not changed since the Commissioners' original proposal.
The Commissioners have been carrying out extensive consultation and their current plans look very exciting and include a walkway giving views to Brownsea (which we first proposed), a harbour educational centre and an historic ship for tourists to view. They plan to build a 400 bay car park at the port with access to the marina by shuttle ferry so there will be minimal additional traffic on the Quay. We will continue to engage with them to help ensure that the interests of residents are respected. You can keep track of progress at phc.co.uk.