New facilities for Ilfracombe

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Work has now began on the site of an exciting new facility for Ilfracombe. A brand new-purpose built centre is being constructed on Larkstone Beach, on the other side of the water from where Verity holds court.

Larkstone Beach is being transformed!

The site, which currently only has a small slipway and a disused toilets block, is set to be transformed into the go-to venue for lovers of water sports and those who simply want to watch watersports in action while enjoying a few refreshments.

 

Recent years have seen a huge increase in the watersports going on from the Harbour – kayaking, sailing, rowing and paddle-boarding all now make for a busy and colourful harbour!

The current slipway, used by the lifeboats, is often extremely busy

 

 

The Centre will not only have a café but will also provide showers, toilets, changing facilities and storage. Importantly, it will become the much-needed home of the local pilot gig rowing, sailing for young people and canoeing clubs. It is hoped that each club will be able to expand with the use of these new facilities available to them.

 

The Centre will be joined by an online Watersports Hub which will enable people to book their own watersports activities. It is hoped that the purpose-built centre and the accompanying online presence will really put Ilfracombe on the map in terms of the watersports opportunities it offers to both residents and visitors.

 

 

 

The pilot gig rowers are one of the groups set to be housed in the new watersports centre.

The new Centre will also have a brand new slipway, larger than the one currently there and the project means that part of the sea wall will have to be rebuilt. Work has already begun on the site.

 

The scale of the project means that there will be some inconveniences while construction takes place. Significantly Marine Drive which has been both a car park and a route away from the Harbour, is expected to be closed until next summer. Larkstone Beach itself is also currently closed. It is anticipated that any impact on the Harbour activities themselves will be minimal during the building work.

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