The Minister for Social Development has revealed that works to upgrade and develop Portrush Harbour could cost as much as £14million.
Responding to a question from East Londonderry MLA, Adrian McQuillan, the Minister said :
“In 2011, Coleraine Borough Council commissioned a feasibility study, which determined that it was technically possible to extend, and pontoon Portrush harbour to create a marina with up to 220 berths at a potential cost of between £10M- £14M.
In June 2015, a further piece of work was commissioned to determine if other value for money development options were possible. It is anticipated that this additional work will be completed by 31st March 2016.
A Masterplan to explore development opportunities for the development of the landside of the harbour is expected to commence in the summer of 2016.
In addition to this, my Department has committed £500k from its capital budget in 2016/17 to allow design work to commence on a public realm scheme for Portrush and the re- development of Portrush train station. These projects are time critical and this work is essential if the capital build elements are to be completed before the Open Championship in 2019.
My Department has also provided funding for a £1.5 M public realm scheme in Portstewart. This scheme is underway and will complete around the end of May 2016.”