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INVESTMENT PLANS FOR COWES WELCOMED BY ISLE OF WIGHT MP BOB SEELY

Isle of Wight MP Bob Seely has welcomed new investment plans by Cowes Harbour Commission (CHC) that will lead to more jobs in Cowes in an expanding and greener maritime sector.

The plans include the potential for adding a new cruise ship mooring, developing yacht repair facilities at Kingston Wharf, investigating the viability of installing electric charging facilities for vessels and using greener fuels.

Mr Seely, who was recently taken on a tour of Kingston Wharf by CHC to hear more about the plans, said he felt optimistic about the future opportunities for employment in the town and said he hoped the investment could also be the catalyst to see the derelict site at Harrisons Yard being used for the public good.

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Gary Hall, CEO of Cowes Harbour Commission said:

“I was delighted to welcome Bob and to share our plans for the continued development of Cowes Harbour which we believe will benefit Cowes for generations to come.

“We recently published our Five-Year Strategic Plan and discussed with Bob some of our key objectives including the development of Kingston in East Cowes to increase capacity and to develop the site for marine commercial use.

“Working closely with Visit IW, we’re also actively promoting Cowes and the Island to the expedition cruise industry to encourage more cruise ships to include Cowes in their itineraries.”

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Mr Hall said the green fuel studies will help Cowes Harbour Commission to reduce its carbon footprint, while the electric charging units will enable Cowes Harbour to cater for the growing number of people that are buying an electric boat.

Mr Seely said:

“Cowes Harbour Commission is being ambitious with its vision for Cowes and I’m very happy to support them in any way I can.

“Over the last few years, I have worked hard, with others, to secure a brighter future for Cowes and East Cowes. The plan has always been to encourage regeneration and create jobs to improve prosperity and a deliver better future for Islanders – Cowes Harbour Commission’s strategy is in lockstep with that thinking.

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“In East Cowes, working with the then council, we fought hard to purchase the Columbine building in order to secure the future of shipbuilding at the site.”

Bob said great strides had been made recently in boosting the maritime industry in Cowes and East Cowes. These included persuading ministers to release £6million of levelling up money to fund a new, heavy lift crane, improve the iconic Columbine building for shipbuilding, renovate the neighbouring Victorian barracks and create a new public square along East Cowes Esplanade.

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YJC
YJC
1 month ago

Please name the two men in the picture with Mr Seely. Thanks.

Nick Black
Nick Black
1 month ago

Tell you what Mr Seely.
Instead of trumpeting about the ‘regeneration’ of Cowes, which is hardly a ghetto! How about promoting regeneration in Sandown?
Now THERE is a town in desperate need of rejuvenation!

Pete
Pete
Reply to  Nick Black
1 month ago

Cannot agree more,Sandown looks like a war torn place with its burnt out and derelict hotels along the seafront,what’s the point of a blue flag beach with that back drop

Helen Highwater
Helen Highwater
1 month ago

No mention of the continuing havoc wrought by the new breakwater – £14Million of public money down the drain. Is CHC a competent guardian of public funds and property?
Why did Island Fuels have to abandon their site at Kingston, resulting in every drop of fuel used on the island now having to come by road transport and ferry? Why didn’t they insist that Red Funnel operate Red Kestrel – which is freight-only – out of Kingston, thus removing heavy traffic from East Cowes while giving some point to Saunders Way?

Rob
Rob
Reply to  Helen Highwater
1 month ago

As Red Kestrel has a draft just shy of 3m at low spring tides there is not enough water there

Cal Orific
Cal Orific
1 month ago

As Sunak and Javid resign over Pinchergate, Bozo Johnson must now realise his position is untenable.

I expect, though, he will brazen it out. Seely might even get his dream of a ministerial post as anyone with a shred of integrity (not to mention having an eye to his own election prospects) would touch a job in Bozo’s cabinet with a bargepole.

The Tory ship is sinking fast and will hopefully take Bozo and his remaining butt kissers (looking at you, Bob) down with it.

Qwerty King
Qwerty King
1 month ago

Fantastic! Another initiative that half a sausage had had nothing to do with bringing about. His endorsement is worthless. About time he actually did something rather than just endorsing other people’s efforts!

East Cowes resident
East Cowes resident
1 month ago

Look they’ve only half finished East Cowes. Bob let’s get the esplanade here before spending anymore money on our ‘greater cousin’. Landslip still a mess and we can’t connect with East Cowes old castle point. So called leveling up a joke as a cheap option has been used here.

 

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