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Marine / Tresta boating club keen to hear from wider community about marina plans

The existing Tresta pier and pontoon.

PLANS are afoot to expand the Tresta Boating and Fishing Club, which could result in a year-round marina being developed.

The club has launched a survey to gather the public’s views on what they would like to see developed, and it is especially keen to hear from people outside the Tresta area, such as in Whiteness and Weisdale.

Among the other options floated are shower and changing facilities, while other ideas include a club house, a shed for boat repair/storage and a picnic area.

Club member Bryan Gray said there has been good feedback so far from the local community, but there is a hope to gauge interest from further afield in preparation of possible funding bids.

The club is also keen to hear from people using the water for sports and recreation who might be interested in getting involved with the club.

“We’re keen to reach out to the wider community, and to see if the wild swimmers and the paddle boarders would want to become members,” Gray said.

He said the club was, for example, keen to hear if people going into the water would be interested in potential shower facilities.

The Tresta Boating and Fishing Club – which currently has around 16 members – was reformed in 2015, and a revamped pier was launched a couple of years later thanks to LEADER funding.

Gray said at the moment there is a pontoon for boats, meaning it is generally restricted to being seasonal.

“We would like to be able to get some kind of breakwater so we could store boats there all year,” he said.

The survey can be accessed online here.