THE people behind a plan for a £15 million marina in Onley have hit back at critics of the scheme.
Opponents, including boaters, councillors and operators of other marinas, began their campaign last week. They described the 550-berth proposal as a “monster”.
But developer J Marine has responded strongly to the criticism. Director Joseph Oliver said: “It is perhaps inevitable that competitors would want to orchestrate a campaign against our proposal.
“But we sincerely believe that this project will make a positive and sustainable contribution to waterways users and the local community.”
The company says the proposed Barby Pools Marina will be set in public parkland and include number of natural habitats, and has been designed by Kirkland Fraser Moor, the architects responsible for the Eden Project in Cornwall.
In addition, J Marine says half of the 36-hectare site will be given to parkland and wildlife habitats, and that opportunities will also be made available to local schools and wildlife groups to take part in activities.
Mr Oliver added: “We have really gone the extra mile to set new standards on berth and water space, amenities and facilities for boaters.
“More than 4km of new footpaths are also proposed which we hope will benefit the local community.”
He said the plan was supported by Barby and Onley Parish Council and Onley Park Residents Association.
Rugby Borough Council is expected to decide later this year whether to grant permission for the development.