Boaters launch campaign against new £15m Barby Pools Marina

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A CAMPAIGN has begun to stop a £15 million marina being built in Onley.

A group of 20 canal boaters, marina and hire boat operators, and councillors from Barby and Braunston met at Braunston Marina on Friday to launch their campaign against Barby Pools Marina.

Leading the cause, Tim Coghlan, from Braunston Marina, said: “What is proposed at Onley is a monster marina – 550 boats packed to the gunnels in a series of large harbours, which would spoil one of the finest local views from the summit of the neighbouring Barby Hill. The developer claims it’s a high quality design, but it’s just your old marina-mutton dressed as lamb - driven by berth-maximisation.”

Mr Coghlan stressed that the campaign is not an attempt to ‘gang up’ on a potential new competitor.

He said: “No one wants this marina. The simple fact is the Braunston Canal is already the most congested on the network. And as this summer has shown, there are water-shortage issues.”

Cllr Robin Brown said: “I wish the campaign every success in stopping this unnecessary marina development, which would cause enormous harm to the canal environment.”

Developers have submitted plans to Rugby Borough Council and Daventry District Council. A decision is expected to be made later this year.