King’s Lynn has moor to offer visiting leisure craft
New moorings will be ready to welcome vessels after building work was created ahead of schedule.
Pontoons which rise and fall with the tide have been installed on the Ouse next to Marriott's Warehouse, near King's Lynn's Boal Quay.
The scheme includes an access bridge, as well as the provision of water, electricity, signage and CCTV.
The pontoons provide safe and secure moorings to allow visiting leisure craft to travel along the Wash and stop in King's Lynn.
Visiting yachts and leisure craft were previously unable to moor along Lynn's quays, because tides in the swift-flowing river can rise and fall by more than 20ft.
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Alistair Beales, West Norfolk's cabinet member for regeneration, said: 'The installation of the pontoons has gone really smoothly and we are delighted that we are able to welcome visitors a week ahead of our scheduled official launch of the facility.
'We've been particularly pleased by the number of enquiries we have already received, especially as we haven't actively promoted them yet.
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'There certainly seems to be a lot of interest in what we are doing here and we hope that translates into confirmed bookings and increased visitor numbers generally.'
David Pope, West Norfolk's cabinet member for assets, said: 'King's Lynn has so much to offer visitors. The fantastic, historic waterfront is the ideal welcome to the town so it makes absolute sense to encourage people to come in by boat to enjoy our magnificent town. 'This addition to our tourism offer will bring a welcome boost to our local economy and that of our neighbours in Wisbech and Fosdyke, who we will be working with to promote sailing opportunities.'
The opening of the pontoons and the launch of a new Sail the Wash website (www.sailthewash.com), showcasing the sailing opportunities that the Wash boasts, will be formally marked by West Norfiolk Mayor Elizabeth Watson at a special invitation-only event on August 10.