New marina at Earls Barton set to start accepting boats next month

The cutting through from the River Nene to White Mills Marina in Earls Barton

The cutting through from the River Nene to White Mills Marina in Earls Barton

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Boaters will soon be able to moor up at a new marina when it opens its waterways next month.

Work has started to cut through to the River Nene at White Mills Marina in Earls Barton and this takes the county’s newest marina a step closer to being ready to receive its first boats.

The cutting through from the River Nene

The cutting through from the River Nene

The cutting through work started at 10am yesterday (Monday) and filling up of the marina basin will be a controlled process, taking about 56 hours to complete.

Work began on the marina in Grendon Road, Earls Barton, at the start of July, and with the floating pontoons due to be installed over the next two weeks, White Mills will be able to start accepting boats in time for the winter moorings season at the beginning of November.

To give people the chance to see how the marina will look once it is full of water, White Mills Marina is hosting another open weekend from 10am until 4pm on Saturday, November 7, and Sunday, November 8.

More than 10,000 cubic meters of earth has been moved during the development and it will take about 19,760 cubic meters of water to fill the four-acre basin.

It is going to look terrific

Chris Dixon

Marina manager Chris Dixon said: “The one question everyone has asked at our open days is ‘when are you cutting through?’

“Cutting through to a river to flood a marina is not an everyday occurrence so I can understand totally why people are so interested.”

Throughout the development White Mills has hosted a number of open weekends and 10 per cent of the berths have already been reserved.

With its access to the River Nene and its range of floating pontoons, White Mills Marina is capable of accommodating narrow boats, wide beams and cruisers.

White Mills Marina in Earls Barton

White Mills Marina in Earls Barton

Each boat will have access to water and electricity direct to its mooring, and WiFi will be available throughout the site.

In addition, the facilities available to boaters will include women and men’s showers and toilets, disabled shower and toilet, laundry room, basic chandlery supplies as well as fuel, pump out and Elsan disposal.

Chris, who will be living aboard his narrowboat Bees Knees with wife Wendy, added: “It has been difficult for visitors to imagine what the marina will look like once it is full of water, so we are very pleased to have secured 10 per cent of the moorings already.

“We have had some excellent interest to date, and filling it up cannot come soon enough now.

“It is going to look terrific.”

Further information is available by calling Chris on 07802 890874 or going to www.whitemillsmarina.co.uk.