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Hungerford Marina 'still progressing behind the scenes'

Developer reveals 'ideal' open date

Marina plan could buoy town economy

HUNGERFORD Marina could open in 2018 as developers continue to make good progress, it was claimed last week.

A spokesman for Lakeland Leisure, Mark Morgan, said: “It may look like nothing much is happening but there’s an awful lot going on behind the scenes.”

A marina was first awarded planning permission in 2004 following a 12-year battle with campaigners opposed to the development.

Then, the proposals included plans for a heritage museum and business units. The current application dispenses with those, but represents a greater footprint, plus new homes.

The project could also provide an estimated five full-time jobs and at least 20 part-time positions in the proposed café and restaurant.

Mr Morgan said: “We’ve met with builders, architects and engineers and been going through the usual processes.

“We’re waiting for final costings and for the engineers to do the underground work but, ideally, it could be open in 2018.”

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