Pontoons extension goes out to consultation
A £750,000 extension to Fort William’s pontoons could bring ‘huge’ economic benefits to the town.
The Fort William Marina and Shoreline Company (FWMSC) laid out exciting new plans for a marina development at a public consultation last Friday.
Plans, which include an 80m extension north of the existing pontoons, would also see around 20 berths for short-stay use, and facilities for a seaplane.
Secretary of the FWMSC Sarah Kennedy said that Loch Lomond seaplanes had expressed interest in flying to Fort William for scenic tours, but also on a more regular basis.
Mrs Kennedy said: ‘It’s four hours by train to Glasgow and two and a half by bus, so for people to be able to fly there in an hour would be incredible.’
The FWMSC hopes to obtain a marina and dredging licence next year which will help in its bid to get the £750,000 funding required. Mrs Kennedy added: ‘Right now James [Sarah’s husband] is £1,200 out of pocket. We used our money to get this development off the ground because we are so passionate about it.’
FWMSC will be looking to obtain revenue from HIE and community asset funds, among other funding avenues it is yet to explore.
James Kennedy, his wife Sarah, Norrie MacLean of the FWMSC and Sue Keen from Fort William Town Team help answer questions about the pontoon extension. Inset: the plans for the latest phase of Fort William’s pontoons.