Easington MP Grahame Morris visited Seaham Marina as work begun on a purpose built activity centre which will offer a variety of watersports and outdoor activities on the East Durham coast.
Seaham Harbour Marina, managed by a Community Interest Company, secured funding from the Coastal Communities Fund to improve the marina’s facilities and develop the new marine activities centre.
The activity centre will offer new opportunities for local people to participate in a range of watersports such as kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding, as well as also offering land-based activities.
The activity centre is the next stage in a series of improvements and regeneration which has taken place at the marina over recent years.
In 2013 The Waterside complex was built housing independent outlets where visitors can eat and shop amongst other services and the marina offices. The marina is also home to a heritage centre based in the restored lifeboat house, where visitors can view the George Elmy lifeboat and discover more about the 1962 lifeboat disaster, and the marina’s wider historical significance.
The development of the activity centre is being funded and supported by Coastal Communities Fund, Durham County Council, Seaham Harbour Dock Company, and Sport England. The Coastal Community funding is also being invested in other areas at the fully-operational tidal marina, including an extension of the pontoon system and the development of a boat crane to enable maintenance and repairs for larger vessels amongst other improvements.
During the visit Easington MP Grahame Morris said:
“I would like to commend the hard work of Seaham Harbour Marina in securing the funding and investment to facilitate the improvement and expansion of the marina.
It is fantastic to see that work has started on the purpose built marine activity centre. After the success of London 2012 and now the Rio Olympics, this is an ideal opportunity to build an Olympic legacy in East Durham.
The activity centre will increase opportunities for local families, schools and community groups to participate in watersports such as kayaking, canoeing and paddle boarding, which have not previously been available in the area. The activity centre will also facilitate a variety of land activities and outdoor sports too.
The new activity centre complements the existing facilities such as the Waterside Complex where people can enjoy the shops and cafes, as well as the heritage centre in the restored lifeboat house where visitors can view the George Elmy lifeboat and learn more about the history of the marina.
I look forward to visiting again when the activity centre is complete.”
Peter Coe, Director at Seaham Harbour Marina, said: “All of us here at the marina are thrilled to see work of the activity centre commence and it’s excellent to know that word is spreading about the new centre. We hope it will be a great resource for the whole community so it’s great to receive interest and support from Grahame Morris.
It is business as usual for the rest of the marina whilst work takes place though so visitors can still enjoy a day out here over the summer. People can learn something new at the heritage centre, or relax and enjoy all that the shops, cafes and other commercial businesses have to offer whilst making the most of the fantastic coastal environment.”
The activity centre at Seaham Harbour Marina is due for competition later this year.
To find out more about Seaham Harbour Marina, visit: http://www.seahammarina.com/