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Old 02 July 2012, 07:32   #1
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Alderney Marina

A marina in Alderney's Braye Harbour took a step closer last month.

Two groups made presentations to the local government, consisting of ten elected officials, two local business specialists and two civil servants.

The announcement was then made that the group chosen to go ahead with their proposal was made up of the founder of Walcon Marinas, an architect and a local retired telecoms director.

Earlier in the process The States of Alderney had dismissed plans for an all new development on East shore of the harbour. Also declining one at the foot of the existing shops and restaurants in the heart of the port.

The accepted plan is to build a SE wall part-way along the famously long breakwater, reducing waves inside the marina to 1ft in the event of bad weather. To protect boats and marina users from the surf and rock combination that is common when waves hit the outside of the breakwater, the marine will be 15m away.

No news about a fuel berth has been released yet, though the development team plan to build space for more marine businesses. It is hoped they can part-fund the project by leasing four luxury apartments, in what is currently a historic fort at the base of the breakwater, for £1-2 million each.
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It is hoped they can part-fund the project by leasing four luxury apartments, in what is currently a historic fort at the base of the breakwater, for £1-2 million each.
Dream on You could buy a whole fort (Quesnard) for that much.
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Ah what do you know about property! Oh yeah, you do.

I believe, well I am told, not sure if I believe it, that they are hoping to reproduce the Wentworth Club model. Though as I understand it, that requires very high rolling events to take place in order to justify the cost to the corporate types that go for these deals.
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Do these people have any inkling of what's going on in the present economy. Have they really properly appraised the Alderney market for a marina? Much as it sounds like a nice idea, I can't see how it will ever be financially rewarding. Shame. There are better ways to wash your filthy lucre
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Peter Allen, Alderney States Member and Chairman of the Marina Advisory Group said “We have been talking about a marina in Alderney for many years. This latest push to deliver a marina for Alderney has taken a long time and we had two excellent bids, but we have our preferred bidder.

He continued “I firmly believe that we will quickly realise the benefits of a marina and we are keen to engage with the preferred developer to deliver the project as efficiently as we can. There is a huge amount of work still to do but we are committed to the project and we will ensure there is a period of public engagement to showcase the plans and take the island’s views into account.”


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Reproduced with kind permission of the Alderney Journal.

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So basically 'they' will put finger pontoon off the breakwater and charge the state a couple of million for the pleasure
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The beauty of Alderney is its one of the last places without a marina... And I think thats part of the appeal for many people, thinking that a marina will attract more is naieve I think, apart from the facilities like power for yachts...
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The beauty of Alderney is its one of the last places without a marina... And I think thats part of the appeal for many people, thinking that a marina will attract more is naieve I think, apart from the facilities like power for yachts...
Guernsey for us is over 120 miles away, by the time we are passing Alderney we are ready for a break, a night or two would be nice before carrying on .

We have only ever once stopped and found the visitor buoys/taxi ashore wholly unsatisfactory, we left early having only seen a small fraction of the Island.

We enjoyed the afternoon there, and will return as soon as a marina is in place with water, electric, walk ashore

As to £65 each , tight Raggies must be influencing the average, once the harbour is women friendlily watch the takings increase , they know what they are doing.
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The beauty of Alderney is its one of the last places without a marina... And I think thats part of the appeal for many people, thinking that a marina will attract more is naieve I think, apart from the facilities like power for yachts...
I totally disagree. The main reason I don't visit Alderney that often, nor Sark for that matter, is that neither has a marina. Being tied to a buoy inside the breakwater heaving your guts up all night only to have to motor half a mile in your tender to do number twos ashore is not one of Alderney's greatest attractions, believe me. The quicker they build the thing the better.
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