Legal threat over Barby Pools marina campaign

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A LEGAL dispute has broken out over plans to build a £15 million marina in Onley.

Earlier this month a campaign was launched by Braunston Marina’s managing director Tim Coghlan to fight the proposals at Onley, which would be known as Barby Pools Marina.

That has led to Mr Coghlan being threatened with legal action by developers J Marine Ltd over a copyright issue.

J Marine Ltd is unhappy that the campaign fighting its plans is using designs and drawings which they created.

The letter adds that if legal proceedings become necessary the developer may claim costs and destroy any infringements. It asks Mr Coghlan to respond with undertakings by 5pm on Friday, August 15.

Campaigners against the 550-berth marina argue it will add to the congestion on the canal network and deny the move is designed to stamp out competition.

Mr Coghlan said: “I feel that people are entitled to know the plans and find it strange that we have received this letter. It seems like they have something to hide.

“We are taking legal advice and we will continue as we have been unless told otherwise. It’s ridiculous and amazing.

“We have received well over 200 letters of objection to the marina so there is widespread concern about this.”

But Barby and Onley parish councillor Dawn Cotton supports the project. She said: “It would be fantastic for our village. The facilities which will be built within the marina will comprise of a country park, nature trails, picnic areas, wildlife conservation areas, local employment and meadows but to name a few. Every person I have spoken with at Onley Park is in full favour.”