It’s all go in the Friendliest Port
The Friendliest Port is now also the busiest port, with more activity along the river than there has been for decades. Derelict buildings are being pulled down, while new developments are going up. In a flurry of activity and a level of investment in the town not seen for many years, Amble’s riverfront is the location for a number of building projects.
Coquet Shorebase Trust’s new building is well underway. Their new facility is next to Amble Boat Club and will provide safer, cleaner and more spacious accommodation for watersports enthusiasts of all ages and abilities.
The move upriver is part of the £2.5m Harbour Village project funded by central government, from the Coastal Communities fund.
The Harbour Village site, with its seafood centre and retail pods, will have a phased opening starting in December.
“There’s been a lot of interest already in the pods,” said Sarah Dunne, the new Harbour Village Co-ordinator. “The Harbour Village will be an ideal location for small businesses or startups offering bespoke crafts, gifts and food and drink or leisure/tourism services. I’m here to help if anyone is interested in leasing a retail pod.”
A programme of events is being planned for the Harbour Village area throughout 2015.
Meanwhile, luxury apartments and some additional retail units have been given the go-ahead at a separate development at Coble Quay. Ground preparations have already begun, and the Boat Yard offices on Coquet Street will be demolished in mid October.
And speaking of demolition, Tesco have finally knocked down the derelict buildings on their site – although there is still no word on any future building for the supermarket. But Queen Street is full of independent businesses, proving that local people have faith in the town. And with so much local and government investment, right now, it’s no wonder it’s all go in the Friendliest Port.