Footpath set to skirt new St Ives/Fenstanton basin
COUNCILLORS are expected to agree on Monday to diverting a footpath in Fenstanton to make way for expansion of the marina on the Great Ouse.
Jones’s boatyard has planning consent for a 104-berth extension to the marina, downstream of the current facility.
But in order to open up the new area it needs either to build a bridge or divert the existing riverside footpath.
Huntingdonshire District Council’s development management panel will be told on Monday that a footbridge, which would avoid the need for the diversion, would have to be so high that access for people with mobility problems would be restricted. A form of swing or bascule bridge would address those problems but could cause danger to boat-users as well as being a long-term maintenance liability for the county council.
Instead, the panel will be asked to make a stopping up order on the existing footpath and a diversion order re-routing it round the new marina, parallel to the Low Road, and back to the river bank.
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If councillors agreed to the orders on Monday, the ‘extinguishment’ would not take effect until the new footpath is in place.
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