The first foal of the year for the Anchor herd on Winsford Hill.Photos by Dale C
04 March 2021 : Somerset West & Taunton Council News
The Marine & Property Group Ltd (The Marine Group) is pleased to announce that it has acquired Watchet Marina. The harbour will be operated by the company from 1 April 2021.The acquisition comes after careful and collaborative negotiations between The Marine Group, Somerset West and Taunton Council and Watchet Harbour Marina Ltd, and has been concluded for an undisclosed sum.
The Marine Group would like to thank all parties for working so constructively to complete the transaction.
The Marine Group will immediately commence a major programme of works to upgrade the harbour and ultimately deliver a first-class marina matching the very best in the UK.
The company’s Harbour Management team will commence a comprehensive dredging campaign in the late spring which, by the summer, will ensure that adequate water depths are available within the marina. A long-term maintenance programme will mean the harbour never again suffers from siltation issues.The rehabilitation of the harbour will be community focused. The Marine Group have a track record of working with local businesses and communities and welcomes local engagement.
Christopher Odling-Smee, Director of The Marine Group, said: “Watchet is a proud and beautiful town and we owe it to the community to deliver a harbour that reflects its potential as a destination and a fabulous place to live. We are pleased to also welcome the existing marina employees to the company and to count them amongst our team.”
The Marine Group has ambitious investment plans for Watchet and, working closely with the community, plans on delivering upgraded landside facilities in future.
Cllr Marcus Kravis, Executive Member for Asset Management at Somerset West and Taunton Council, said: “We are delighted to be working with The Marine Group and support their plans to invest in Watchet. Their development plans will bring welcome investment, jobs and enliven the harbour.”
Berth holders at Watchet will benefit from the company’s visitor exchange network and, when restrictions allow, a busy calendar of events with open days and regattas.
Director of Operations Rob Freemantle said: “Having conducted a successful dredge campaign in the outer harbour at Watchet in 2020, we are familiar with the technical dredging requirements of the marina. The Harbour Management team are looking forward to be working on a comprehensive campaign to renovate Watchet Marina.”
Photos by Peter Mather, February 2021.
Building a path to Exmoor’s future rural economy
Businesses, communities and stakeholders across Exmoor are being invited to shape a future vision for rural enterprise within the National Park as part of the Rural Enterprise Exmoor (REE) Network.
Exmoor plays host to over 1,200 businesses, many of whom contributed to a major survey last year aiming to identify the unique challenges and opportunities they face. The development of a shared vision is the next step in the journey.
Dan James, Sustainable Economy Manager at Exmoor National Park Authority, who set up REE to create a network of partners interested in sustainable economic development, said: “There have been some seismic changes over the past decade resulting from the credit crunch, Brexit, the climate emergency, and now Covid.
“Exmoor’s communities and businesses, like its landscapes, are resilient and strong and together we want to be ready for the next 15 years or so, ensuring those aspirations are in harmony with the special nature and status of the National Park.”
Kerrie Wilson (pictured) has recently been appointed as ‘Business Engagement Facilitator’ for the network, working to ensure the voices of local businesses are heard, whilst helping to unite them through networking and training opportunities. She said: “There can be few better places in which to live and work but I’m well aware how isolating it can be. There is strength in numbers and I’m delighted to have this opportunity to bring businesses together with project partners.”
Simon Hooton of Ash Futures, who are coordinating a consortium of expert practitioners to support the vision development work, said: “We’re looking forward to working with partners to identify a path to Exmoor’s future. There is no doubt that Exmoor faces some big challenges but also some bigger opportunities. We hope to show that Exmoor can grow towards future possibilities, rather than be rooted in past problems.”
Alongside development of the vision, the project will use case studies and social media campaigns to celebrate the role of enterprise on Exmoor, whilst encouraging greater use of the Exmoor brand to raise the profile of doing business within the National Park. For further details and to sign up to get involved visit www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/living-and-working/business-and-economy/rural-enterprise-exmoor or follow @RuralEntExmoor on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Published: 11 February 2021T: 01398 323665
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