Ryde Harbour is being passed into the ownership of Ryde Town Council.
The council’s cabinet made the decision to transfer the asset at its monthly meeting last night (Thursday).
The town council first expressed an interest in the harbour in 2019, and the new deal paves the way for substantial investment and new opportunities for the 150-berth facility. The harbour also comes with two parcels of land and a hospitality suite.
Speaking after the meeting, Councillor Phil Jordan, cabinet member for transport and infrastructure, said the move signalled a new beginning for an important town asset. He said: “I’m pleased we have now formally agreed the transfer of Ryde
Harbour to Ryde Town Council. I know both councils have been working hard on this for over two years now and the decision tonight will mean the harbour has a very bright future and certainty for the community and users alike. I would like to thank the staff of both councils who have overcome some difficult hurdles and worked tirelessly to achieve this.
“I know that Ryde Town Council has ambitious plans for the harbour and I look forward to seeing them come to fruition in the coming year and further on into the future.”
The town council has already laid out its five year investment plan to improve services for berth holders and visitors alike. It includes new pontoons, upgraded shower and toilet facilities as well as a new marina webcam and a visitor booking system.
Councillor Julie Jones-Evans, cabinet member for regeneration, said: “Transferring Ryde Harbour into the ownership of Ryde Town Council will maximise its potential and create new opportunities for regeneration.
“It also supports the commitments in our Corporate Plan to work with town and community councils to find better ways for our assets to work positively for the community.”