Storm in a port?

Thursday, 2 November 2017

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COLERAINE'S Harbour Commissioners are to face a formal request to surrender control of their river front assets.
The move could lead to Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council taking ownership ahead of a major investment by the UK Department for International Trade (DIT).
Details of the plan are contained in a confidential report delivered to members of the Leisure and Development Committee last week.
Members were told DIT sees Coleraine Harbour as "a major investment and regeneration opportunity" whereas current activity along the river is "a blight" and inhibiting development.
After also hearing the port is no longer "commercially viable", councillors voted to make a formal approach to the Commission, asking them to consider the best interests of the borough.
If the transfer succeeds it could pave the way towards implementation of Coleraine's Regeneration Masterplan which details plans to connect the river to the town centre with greenway of parks, footpaths and cycle trails. The vision includes a waterfront developed with apartments, bars, restaurants and a marina.
*Read the full story in this week's Chronicle


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