We understand that MDL, a marina operator that owns Cobbs Quay in Holes Bay, is likely to be made Preferred Bidder by the Crown Estate in relation to the proposed marina development off Poole Quay.
MDL proposes to build a road bridge from Baiter Park (near Green Gardens) to the marina site and create an island with parking for 200 hundred cars (see the plan here). This would be disasterous for Poole Harbour, creating an eyesore in an environmentally sensitive and beautiful part of the harbour.
Poole Harbour Commissioners (PHC) had prepared a much more sensitive proposal which included parking on the port site with a ferry to the marina. It would also have provided users of the marina with direct access to Poole Quay and therefore would have helped to revitalise the Quay and Old Town.
Neither the Council, nor local stakeholders, have been consulted. We urge you to write or e-mail Ken Jones, Director of Rural and Coastal at the Crown Estate to request that proper consultation is carried out before a Preferred Bidder is appointed:
- The Crown Estate, 16 New Burlington Place, London W1S 2HX;
Although the Crown Estate says it has never committed to a 14th January decision date, it certainly gave Poole Harbour Commissioners the impression that a decision as to the Preferred Bidder would be made on this date. It appears that the deluge of objections so far has caused it to delay.
We believe that the Crown Estate's interpretation as to its obligations under the Crown Estate Act 1961, and in particular that it does not need to consult local stakeholders, is incorrect. Poole People Leader Mark Howell has sent a letter to this effect to the Crown Estate.
For more details see yesterday's Echo story: http://www.bournemouthecho.co.uk/news/10881098.Outrage_as_plans_for_rival_marina_at_Poole_unveiled/