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N°117 | Renewal of Colne Harbour Making new links

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Lead Partner
Contact Person Joy Magna
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Telephone number : 00 44 1206 282974
Fax number : 00 44 1206 500331
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Relevant measure(s) : 1.2.
Total eligible cost (€) 14,270,000
Summary Top
The key component of this project is to stimulate development and renewal in the Colne Harbour area. The historic harbour of Britain’s oldest recorded town has suffered extensive industrial decline leaving a scarred landscape and derelict buildings. New physical and educational links will be made to the university and its proposed research and development park. Improved transport links will join the revitalised waterfront to the town centre and its existing tourist attractions. The challenge now is to transform the legacy of a declining maritime landscape into an attractive setting for a variety of leisure, tourist and commercial activities.
Objectives Top
To create a vibrant and sustainable community around Colne Harbour by addressing physical, environmental and economic decline and developing links to surrounding areas.
Outcomes Top
Transport improvements (including railway improvements, park and ride, etc) to link to the town centre and university. Join up existing footpaths and cycle ways along the river and provide cycle and footpaths across it. Maritime Interpretation/Educational Resource Centre linking the rich heritage of the past to the future. To include an Innovation and Training centre to rejuvenate the Essex boat building sector. The centre will promote tourism and stimulate economic growth. Creation of an attractive urban environment. This will include removing pylons, decontamination of brown field sites, habitat enhancement and provision of open space and recreational facilities, public art and water features. Two feasibility studies to assess the environmental impact of a river barrage to retain a high water level to allow greater use of the river by boats and new piling of river walls. River dredging, improvements to the mooring basin and slipway
Partners Top
cities&regions transport&it water&flood risks nature&heritage seas&ports