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Community / Cullivoe marina and business park project edges step closer after planning variation secured

The existing Cullivoe marina. Photo © Mike Pennington (cc-by-sa/2.0)

NORTH Yell Development Council is hoping to put work for a new marina and an extended business park in Cullivoe out to tender in the next week or two after overcoming a planning hurdle.

The project had been left in limbo as a result of the poor condition of the nearby Gutcher to Cullivoe road, with concerns raised that it would suffer from the extra traffic involved during construction.

The council gave the project planning consent but ruled that the work would only go ahead if the road was upgraded.

However, the development council has been successful in tweaking a planning condition relating to the road.

It means that it can propose to take material for construction by sea to the nearby Cullivoe pier instead of by road.

However, the variation states that the business park and caravan park will not be allowed to operate until the road is upgraded.

Andrew Nisbet of the development council said on Thursday: “What this means is we can put the contract out to tender and hopefully start later this year.

“The next step is to tender the contract and then it will be up to the contractor to decide the best way to do the job, so it will be the contractor that will be researching the planning conditions, and it will be their proposals going to planning.”

The project is in line to receive a grant of nearly £1.3 million from the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund.

The new marina in Cullivoe would offer over 30 berths, and it would located just south to the current community marina at Cullivoe pier, which has a long-standing waiting list due to its 14-berth size.

The proposed extension to the industrial estate would see the business park more than double in size.

It would also see five caravan pitches and a toilet block installed.

Nisbet said that the contract for the work could be a timely boost to local companies.

He added that the new marina could also provide a boost to Yell’s tourism offering post-lockdown.

“Once it’s built one of the main aims is to support the tourist industry, which we need to get going again after the crisis,” he said.