New Mills Marina makes the final three in the prestigious Canal and River Trust Living Waterways Awards.
From an original entry of around 90 projects, the Marina was one of seven visited by independent judges in June for a final assessment. In early July it was announced that New Mills Marina had been selected as one of three finalists with the winner being announced in September.
Terry Lane, Management Services for Pridewater Estates Ltd which was offered the site on a long-term lease by the Trust, said: “One of the key elements the judges were looking for was any positive impact on tourism and the local economy.
“With 46 narrow boats moored there, a five pitch very busy caravan site and two holiday apartments sleeping up to 14 people in constant use, we have already brought several hundred new visitors to the town who probably would never have visited before, from all over the country and abroad.
“It will be a close call as to who wins but we have done all we can so now it’s fingers crossed time.”
The New Mills Marina on the Peak Forest canal was built in the late 18 th century and in 2015 was rebuilt as close as possible to the two original stables on the site dating back more than 175 years.
Since then the buildings have been renovated and the site now boasts a shop, laundry, storeroom, bathrooms, showers and a four-bed holiday let.
Terry added: “This historic conservation was created without any charitable assistance, lottery or local government grants, or by using volunteer workforce, to demonstrate a commercial imperative can go hand in hand with respect for an historic environment in a venture designed to generate a return.”