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Community / Good progress on new Cullivoe marina

The breakwater is almost complete. Photo: North Yell Development Council

A NEW marina in Cullivoe is expected to be ready by spring next year.

It comes after “excellent progress” by the contractor working on the North Yell Development Council project.

Director Andrew Nisbet said construction started in April before marine works were paused in the summer for wildlife. Work then resumed in September.

“The breakwater and other marine works are largely complete,” Nisbet said.

“Pontoon installation is planned for November, and the marina part of the project should be operational by spring 2022.”

Due to planning restrictions on the Cullivoe-Gutcher road, which is due to be upgraded by the council, a ship was used to transport and place mainly armouring material.

The new marina in Cullivoe will offer more than 30 berths, and it will be located just south of the smaller community marina at the pier.

The project – which secured over £1.5 million in Scottish Government support and around £250,000 from two council funds – also includes a revamped business park at Cullivoe, which would include caravan spaces.

Nisbet said the business park area is now excavated, which provided almost all of the material for the marine works.

“We are waiting on news about funding which would allow the business park part of the project to be completed,” he said.

While the project has received significant public sector funding, the development council is also investing profits from its five-turbine Garth wind farm in Yell.