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  • Writer's pictureMichelle Weir (Local Democracy Reporter)

Council continues to capitalise on natural beauty of East Antrim and its marinas

Glenarm Marina’s income has increased by 43 per cent, a report to Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s Direct Services Committee has stated.

Councillors were informed this increase occurred between April and August compared to the same period the previous year.

It was also reported the on-site visitor information centre located within the marina building has recorded almost 1,500 international visitor inquiries.

It also said: “It had been proposed to trial an area within Glenarm Marina for paddle boarders. However, due to health and safety concerns from visiting boats entering the marina, this will no longer proceed and signage will be established to redirect paddle boarders to launch at the beach.”

Councillors have also been told the pricing structure across all the borough’s marinas is being reviewed as the “current pricing is very complex in comparison to other marinas”.

At Glenarm marina, pontoon berthing is priced at £205.50 annually with a winter fee, from October 1 until March 30, priced at £140. An “unserviced” berth costs £83 annually with additional charges for electricity and laundry.

Portglenone is the only marina in Mid and East Antrim that does not have the facility to charge berth holders for electricity. The local authority is currently seeking costs to “purchase and install electric metres”, the report said.

Mid and East Antrim’s harbours and marinas brought in an income of £610,000 during the 2020/21 financial year despite Covid restrictions.

Carrickfergus Harbour and Marina brought in £441,570; Glenarm Marina, £54,076; Portglenone Marina, £10,185 and Carnlough Harbour, £5,857, through berthing fees from residents and visitors and other charges including electricity and laundry facilities. The previous year, this income was £596,743.

Members were told that income of £700,000 could be achieved during the next financial year through an increase in charges.


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