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Government says marinas are open for 'private enterprise'

Douglas and Peel Marinas could be subject to expansion

Complementary developments sought for Douglas and Peel facilities

Government is appealing to developers to come forward with 'major new' proposals for two of the Island's marinas.

The Department of Infrastructure, which is seeking expressions of interest, says it is 'keen to explore the options' of enhancing the current facilities at both Douglas and Peel.

As part of its 'long-term vision' of the Harbours Strategy, government has turned to 'private enterprise' in an attempt to create a 24-hour, 250-berth marina to 'complement' those already in place.  

Due to a high ratio of boat ownership compared with the UK, it says the current waiting list for berths proves there is a demand for expansion.

Organisations and individuals have two weeks to register their interest via the government’s procurement portal, which has set the deadline of Friday, 28 August.

It comes as one of the directors for a marina proposal in Ramsey, told Manx Radio he had been waiting for announcement from government, in order to progress his plans.

Meanwhile, a similar scheme was unveiled for Douglas last week by architecture firm Ellis Brown.

Manx Radio has contacted Tim Baker, who is the political member of DoI with responsibility for Ports, for interview. 

  

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