Following extensive public consultation, the Lymington Harbour Commissioners (LHC) have announced plans to reconfigure the mooring area to create more ‘walk-ashore’ visitor berths at Lymington Town Quay.
Lymington Harbour is one of the most popular leisure boating destinations in the UK, supporting many local businesses and bringing substantial tourism to the town. Managed by the LHC, the harbour is a not-for profit organisation with all gains being reinvested towards the waterfront’s upkeep and development.
As well as accommodating both power and sailing yachts, the harbour also supports a small fishing fleet which sells its catch to local shops and restaurants.
Considering the needs of both the working fisherman and the leisure yachts, the redesign will relocate 43 resident small boat leisure berths to a new ‘finger pontoon’ that will be accessible by foot from the quayside.
A conservative estimate is that the new proposals will generate an additional £1.1 million for the local economy in the first ten years…
This will be achieved by increasing visitor numbers and steering custom towards local shops, restaurants, pubs, and the Saturday Charter Market. There will also be a renewed focus on the Town Quay area and the opportunity to host major events there, which could benefit the local community, businesses and residents.
Subject to all the necessary consents being achieved, work on the scheme will commence in November 2019 and will be completed by Easter 2020 for the summer season.
Keep up to date with Lymington Harbour Commissioners news on their website and Instagram or come and speak to them at the Lymington Seafood Festival in August, where they’ll have a stand as they kindly support us as a sponsor again this year.
See you there!