The first tentative steps towards a Community Boat Park in Killybegs have been made after an application for a feasibility study for a Community Boat Park in Killybegs, was approved by the Donegal Local Development Company under the Rural Development Programme (Leader) 2007 – 2013.
Chairperson of Killybegs Community Council, Niamh Kennedy said this was a community initiative that was the first of many steps that the council hoped would ultimately deliver a boat park. Work will start straight away with an anticipated completion by the September, with the study looking at number of between 50 and 100 boats.
“This facility will be community driven and managed there will be no privatisation of our community boat park, any monies generated from this facility will be reinvested back into this boat park for upkeep and if necessary to further extend. Profits if any will go back into the community,” she told the Donegal Democrat.
The KCC were delighted to have the support from members of the local boat owners committee, the Killybegs Sea angling club, sailing club and many other local groups.
She added: “We also have many letters of support from local businesses and from businesses outside of Killybegs involved in the Tourism industry offering their support. First and foremost this is for the local community to enjoy in harmony with the fishing community and help to develop our Town.
“We are delighted to have received this funding in order to proceed with the Boat Park. This funding is significant and while we accept that it is not going to be easy, we have to move on and progress it. There is optimism, with community support and back up and it will be one step at a time.”
Thanking the Donegal Local Development Company and Leader for their help with “this very important project for the area”, she added: “Our main aim and goal is not to misplace anyone in the harbour and respect the fact that Killybegs is first and foremost a fishery harbour centre.
“We intend to progress this project swiftly and with respect to our Town and environment. There are enough vacant buildings in the vicinity to cater for any needs which may arise. We wish to progress this facility with minimal environmental impact.”