We are delighted to announce that our LEADER grant application has been successful!
Since 2016 Amble Marina has invested heavily in a project to improve shore based facilities for customers and visiting boats. The project was designed to address the need and demand created by the loss of boat yard services in the region.
The first phase of the project, the construction of a dock and hoist and the purchase of boat moving equipment was completed at the end of 2017. Due to the scale of the investment Amble Marina had to actively source funding in order to complete the second phase of the development.
We applied to the Northumberland Coast and Lowlands LEADER for funding because the programme provides grants to small businesses for projects that create jobs, grow the rural economy and provide essential rural services.
With the funding from LEADER, we can now progress with our plans. We aim to develop a wet weather work area, install a crane to enable mast lifting, and provide a full range of boat maintenance services.
New marine trolleys have already arrived on site. Mick Irwin and team are currently manufacturing four new boat cradles. We will host an event to officially launch the new crane later in the year.
Moving forwards these facilities will create an opportunity for specialist marine contractors to work permanently on site. These specialists will provide a variety of services such as rigging, GRP and mechanics.
We look forward to being able to offer berth holders and visiting boats this wider range of essential maintenance and repair services and will keep you up to date with progress.
Thank you to all customers who took the time to write letters of support for this development. The overwhelming response clearly demonstrated to LEADER just how important these services are to our coastal community.
LEADER is a community led approach to rural development and is seen by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) as an important way of addressing rural needs.
The funding is being made available through the Rural Development Programme for England, which is jointly funded by Defra and the European Union.
More information about RDPE and LEADER is available via www.gov.uk/rural-development-programme-for-england-leader-funding
For more information on the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs please visit www.defra.gov.uk