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‘Fishguard Marina: Bring it on!’

Fishguard Harbour Marina: Conygar’s plans

NEW plans have been submitted for the Fishguard Marina project by Conygar Stena Line Limited after locals wait for news for over a decade. 

Planning and marine licence applications have been submitted to the Marine Management Organisation for the the first phase of the Fishguard Harbour Marina project by Conygar Stena Line Limited, a joint venture between The Conygar Investment Company PLC and Stena Line.

This consists of the construction of two new breakwaters, revetments and an 8 hectare reclamation platform, 1.4 hectares of which would be allocated for the future port development works and the remainder for the residential and marina related development.

In addition, the proposed development will include the construction of a marina basin to accommodate 345 berths and an approach channel to provide all tide access.The first phase of the development would also include a public slipway, a boat hoist and a service quay for local fishing boats.

The Fishguard Marina proposal has been in the news since late 2003 with locals eagerly awaiting solid information on the sites development ever since.

Both Conygar and Stena Line believe that this exciting regeneration scheme will be a major boost to the economy of the area, creating an exciting visitor destination together with much needed employment opportunities.

The granting of a planning consent will allow for a reconfiguration and expansion of the port facilities to deliver further economic and commercial benefits and reaffirm the Stena Line commitment to ensuring Fishguard remains a thriving port.

The end value of the development is expected to be in excess of £100 million. The Crown Estate, owners of the sea bed, and Pembrokeshire County Council who own much of the surrounding harbour area, have welcomed the proposals and Neil Jacobson, Head of Coastal Operations, said:“The proposed redevelopment would bring considerable long-term economic benefit to the area and we are pleased that this exciting proposal has been submitted to the County Council for consideration.”

Michael McGrath, Stena Line Area Director, commented: “We look forward to working with all the relevant parties concerned to move these projects forward which are critical to our business and the local economy.”

Robert Ware, CEO of Conygar said: “The submission of these applications for the construction of the infrastructure which includes two breakwaters, dredging the marina basin and so creating a platform for the housing, is an important further step towards Conygar being able to deliver the residential development and the marina with its ancillary facilities.”

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“Bring it on!” Said local man and Sea Trust founder Cliff Benson: “I think it will create jobs and if done sensitively and sustainably will greatly enhance Goodwick and Fishguard, We have been advising Conygar on conservation Issues as well as conducting surveys.

“We will continue to be consulted as to the ongoing protection of the marine wildlife of the area which Conygar is keen to take on board.” He added.