Tresco Given Permission To Build New Grimsby Boathouse

new grimsby quayTresco Estate has been given permission to build a boathouse at New Grimsby to maintain their jet boat fleet.

Councillors voted unanimously to accept the plans at Monday’s Planning Committee meeting.

The 8m by 19m shed, clad in timber on Palace Row, will be built opposite the quay at New Grimsby.

A 7m concrete slipway will also be built from the harbour to the doors of the building and this will require an opening to be made in the existing sea wall.

Cllr Marian Bennett spoke in favour of the plans.

She said the Tresco Boat Service was vital for off-island residents and the alternative would be to have the jet boats out at the top of the quay, which wasn’t acceptable.

But the Estate will need to put in place a Construction Environmental Management Plan including appropriate pollution prevention measures.

That’s after Natural England raised concerns because the building will be close to a Special Area of Conservation and the Site of Special Scientific Interest at Castle Down.

They’re worried about the effects of construction and noise from the work on several important species including common terns and European storm petrels that use the area.