Future of new Poole Quay marina up in the air as Crown Estates decides not to appoint preferred bidder

Bournemouth Echo: Poole Quay. Picture by Kitchenhams, Poole Quay. Picture by Kitchenhams,

THE future of a Poole Quay marina is up in the air after The Crown Estate has drawn back from appointing a preferred bidder.

Now both bidders, MDL and Poole Harbour Commissioners are seeking meetings with the body that owns the seabed to clarify the position.

The Crown Estate last November conferred ‘prospective preferred bidder’ status on MDL, which came out with plans to rival Poole Harbour Commissioners’ bid.

But it has now announced it is not going to appoint a preferred bidder for the lease of the seabed.

MDL, which owns the Cobbs Quay marina at Hamworthy, caused an outcry when its proposals for a 600 berth marina, which included a car park island and causeway in Poole Harbour, were revealed.

A statement from MDL said they were ‘disappointed and surprised’ by the decision and were now ‘actively considering’ their options.

The statement added: “This consideration will be guided, as were MDL’s original proposals, by a focus on delivering what is best for Poole Harbour, the people of Poole and MDL as a major local business and employer.”

Neil Jacobson, The Crown Estate’s portfolio manager for the South of England, said: “We believe, along with many people in Poole, that a new marina development could be of benefit to the local area and, should appropriate proposals emerge in the future, we would be keen to explore opening a fresh leasing process in order to facilitate future development.”

An initial evaluation last year left MDL leading the field as the highest-scoring bidder and the company was asked to provide further information.

However, now The Crown Estate has said that in line with its statutory obligations to take decisions that are in the best commercial interests of the business, it is not bound to accept the best, or any, bid.

Jim Stewart, chief executive of PHC, said: “We will be requesting a meeting with The Crown Estate to discuss their decision and their thoughts.”

Terry Stewart, of the Vision for Poole group welcomed the decision as ‘fantastic news’.

  • Cllr Elaine Atkinson, council leader, said: “Crown Estates have informed us of their decision not to appoint a preferred bidder for a proposed marina at Poole Quay. It is our understanding that no scheme is being pursued at this moment in time.

“We will however work with any developer who wishes to submit an alternative scheme to Crown Estates that is in the best interests of the people of Poole.”

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10:44am Mon 24 Feb 14

dorsetspeed says...

"in the best interests of the people of Poole" Yeah, we believe you, Cllr Elaine Atkinson
"in the best interests of the people of Poole" Yeah, we believe you, Cllr Elaine Atkinson dorsetspeed
  • Score: 16

12:00pm Mon 24 Feb 14

PUZZLED ONE says...

'THE future of a Poole Quay marina is up in the air'
I thought that the idea was to site the marina in the harbour (:o))
'THE future of a Poole Quay marina is up in the air' I thought that the idea was to site the marina in the harbour (:o)) PUZZLED ONE
  • Score: 2

12:10pm Mon 24 Feb 14

we-shall-see says...

dorsetspeed wrote:
"in the best interests of the people of Poole" Yeah, we believe you, Cllr Elaine Atkinson
Yeah me too - I don't EVER believe a word that comes out of Cllr Atkinson's mouth.
[quote][p][bold]dorsetspeed[/bold] wrote: "in the best interests of the people of Poole" Yeah, we believe you, Cllr Elaine Atkinson[/p][/quote]Yeah me too - I don't EVER believe a word that comes out of Cllr Atkinson's mouth. we-shall-see
  • Score: 13

12:12pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Letcommonsenseprevail says...

Atkinson getting face time again, don't know why, got absolutely nothing to do with her - it's between the Crown Estate and the developer. And if she thinks the council can hold things up from a transport / amenity point of view - no chance, the money is way too big to let local councils rock the boat. Anyway, she'll probably sack anyone who disagrees with her views on the subject anyway..............
Atkinson getting face time again, don't know why, got absolutely nothing to do with her - it's between the Crown Estate and the developer. And if she thinks the council can hold things up from a transport / amenity point of view - no chance, the money is way too big to let local councils rock the boat. Anyway, she'll probably sack anyone who disagrees with her views on the subject anyway.............. Letcommonsenseprevail
  • Score: 13

2:27pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Dr Strangelove says...

There seems to be a lot of joined up bashing of the council leader. Any one impartial would think its being orchestrated behind the scenes?
There seems to be a lot of joined up bashing of the council leader. Any one impartial would think its being orchestrated behind the scenes? Dr Strangelove
  • Score: 1

2:48pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Sandbanks Showpony says...

Great, further stalemate at Poole Quay. This is the sort of inactive passive decision that was really needed in the revival process...not...look
s like I won't be visiting thequay for another 5 years at least.
Great, further stalemate at Poole Quay. This is the sort of inactive passive decision that was really needed in the revival process...not...look s like I won't be visiting thequay for another 5 years at least. Sandbanks Showpony
  • Score: 4

2:54pm Mon 24 Feb 14

pete woodley says...

Dr Strangelove wrote:
There seems to be a lot of joined up bashing of the council leader. Any one impartial would think its being orchestrated behind the scenes?
Yes definite signs of a campaign,you only have to read the comments on here,sometimes repeated more than once,the same old "faces" keep appearing.Bit boring actually.
[quote][p][bold]Dr Strangelove[/bold] wrote: There seems to be a lot of joined up bashing of the council leader. Any one impartial would think its being orchestrated behind the scenes?[/p][/quote]Yes definite signs of a campaign,you only have to read the comments on here,sometimes repeated more than once,the same old "faces" keep appearing.Bit boring actually. pete woodley
  • Score: -2

5:06pm Mon 24 Feb 14

sea poole says...

Pete Woodley...Pot and kettle spring to mind?
Pete Woodley...Pot and kettle spring to mind? sea poole
  • Score: 3

5:19pm Mon 24 Feb 14

dorsetspeed says...

Dr Strangelove wrote:
There seems to be a lot of joined up bashing of the council leader. Any one impartial would think its being orchestrated behind the scenes?
.. or perhaps the "council leader" (like many of them) is arrogant, self interested, and protective of a bunch of other wasteful, incompetent councillors acting in their own interests
[quote][p][bold]Dr Strangelove[/bold] wrote: There seems to be a lot of joined up bashing of the council leader. Any one impartial would think its being orchestrated behind the scenes?[/p][/quote].. or perhaps the "council leader" (like many of them) is arrogant, self interested, and protective of a bunch of other wasteful, incompetent councillors acting in their own interests dorsetspeed
  • Score: 8

5:50pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Ebb Tide says...

Letcommonsenseprevai
l
wrote:
Atkinson getting face time again, don't know why, got absolutely nothing to do with her - it's between the Crown Estate and the developer. And if she thinks the council can hold things up from a transport / amenity point of view - no chance, the money is way too big to let local councils rock the boat. Anyway, she'll probably sack anyone who disagrees with her views on the subject anyway..............
It is hoped that our valuable harbour will not succumb to short-term profiteering at the expense of the protection and remedial work now in place to assist its recovery from the damage that it has suffered.

No doubt with several thousand vessels using the harbour already "saturation point" cannot be far away - a matter that the Harbour Commissioners must appreciate, since they have been conducting relevant investigations for so long.

It will be interesting to learn about their views in due course, let alone the views of any other careful and sensitive developer that may be interested in such a special habitat
[quote][p][bold]Letcommonsenseprevai l[/bold] wrote: Atkinson getting face time again, don't know why, got absolutely nothing to do with her - it's between the Crown Estate and the developer. And if she thinks the council can hold things up from a transport / amenity point of view - no chance, the money is way too big to let local councils rock the boat. Anyway, she'll probably sack anyone who disagrees with her views on the subject anyway..............[/p][/quote]It is hoped that our valuable harbour will not succumb to short-term profiteering at the expense of the protection and remedial work now in place to assist its recovery from the damage that it has suffered. No doubt with several thousand vessels using the harbour already "saturation point" cannot be far away - a matter that the Harbour Commissioners must appreciate, since they have been conducting relevant investigations for so long. It will be interesting to learn about their views in due course, let alone the views of any other careful and sensitive developer that may be interested in such a special habitat Ebb Tide
  • Score: 0

11:05pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Yankee1 says...

I would not want to moor a yacht there. Security is appalling.
I would not want to moor a yacht there. Security is appalling. Yankee1
  • Score: 1

8:26am Tue 25 Feb 14

Reginald Coker says...

There are enough boats in Poole Harbour and more marinas means more boats, I bought a new boat from a a dealer in Cobbs quay some years ago and the dealer arranged a slip pass with MDL, When the yearly pass ran out
I applied to MDL for a new one and the price had nearly doubled. On querying
I was told you are not needed. Nice company!
There are enough boats in Poole Harbour and more marinas means more boats, I bought a new boat from a a dealer in Cobbs quay some years ago and the dealer arranged a slip pass with MDL, When the yearly pass ran out I applied to MDL for a new one and the price had nearly doubled. On querying I was told you are not needed. Nice company! Reginald Coker
  • Score: -1

2:03pm Tue 25 Feb 14

Ebb Tide says...

Reginald Coker wrote:
There are enough boats in Poole Harbour and more marinas means more boats, I bought a new boat from a a dealer in Cobbs quay some years ago and the dealer arranged a slip pass with MDL, When the yearly pass ran out
I applied to MDL for a new one and the price had nearly doubled. On querying
I was told you are not needed. Nice company!
I hope your experience is not a common one but it is difficult to hold onto such a hope : there are so many vessels afloat at times.

It is trusted you have found a reasonable method of gaining access onto our harbour even if you had unreasonable difficulties earlier.
[quote][p][bold]Reginald Coker[/bold] wrote: There are enough boats in Poole Harbour and more marinas means more boats, I bought a new boat from a a dealer in Cobbs quay some years ago and the dealer arranged a slip pass with MDL, When the yearly pass ran out I applied to MDL for a new one and the price had nearly doubled. On querying I was told you are not needed. Nice company![/p][/quote]I hope your experience is not a common one but it is difficult to hold onto such a hope : there are so many vessels afloat at times. It is trusted you have found a reasonable method of gaining access onto our harbour even if you had unreasonable difficulties earlier. Ebb Tide
  • Score: 0

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