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Tuesday, 07 July 2015

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New line-up for Maryport harbour board confirmed

Three new people have been appointed to help secure the future prosperity of Maryport Harbour.

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NEW FACES: From left: the three new members of Maryport Harbour Authority, Tim Ashworth, Michael Martin and Marie Hodgson, with chairman Angela Kendall

Tim Ashworth, Marie Hodgson and Michael Martin have been appointed to Maryport Harbour Authority.

The authority, which only started in 2008, received a cash grant of £1.2 million from Britain’s Energy Coast last year to help move ideas forward for a revamp of the harbour.

The three new members will join chairman Angela Kendall, deputy chairman Michael Cowen, consultant and chief executive Stewart Swift and other board members Bill Pegram and Keith Little.

The harbour and marina moved a step closer towards merging two weeks ago.

Allerdale council, Cumbria County Council and Britain’s Energy Coast West Cumbria each agreed to sell their shares in Maryport Developments Limited to Maryport Harbour Authority for £1 each – less than market value.

Maryport Developments Limited runs the marina, while the authority is responsible for health and safety of water-based activities in the harbour.

Under the merger, the harbour authority would be the lead body and take on the running of the marina and parts of the harbour used by fishing vessels.

It would also take on the land and assets owned by Maryport Developments.

The move is intended to help secure the long-term future of the harbour and simplify its running.

Harbourmaster Captain Richard Key was a member of the board, but resigned because he is also an employee.

Michael Martin was born and bred in Maryport and works at Sellafield as a contractor. He has been involved in local fishing operations from Maryport for around 40 years and is a member of the fishing co-operative.

He is also part owner of the fishing vessel Alauna (MT55) in partnership with Sydney Miller, who skippers the boat full time.

He is married with three children and five grandchildren.

He said: “The reason I wanted to be involved in the Maryport Harbour Authority was because I have concerns over the future of the harbour and in particular the fishing fleet.

“This has been a big part of my life and I would hope it will survive for my grandchildren to enjoy.

“I am a big believer in that if the harbour flourishes the town in general will benefit and flourish also.”

Tim Ashworth is a director at West Lakes Engineering and was born in Walsall. His parents are both from Maryport and he moved back to the town when he was 12 and has lived there ever since.

Both his great uncle and grandfather used to be associated with the harbour.

He said: “My great uncle used to be on the board of the harbour so I am following in his footsteps.

“I want to give something back to the town. I want to try and push things forward and make Maryport harbour for a place to go and where people want to visit.

“There is a lot of untapped potential in the harbour and I want to bear that out.

“I have fond memories of walking round the harbour with my grandfather and it is something very close to my heart.”

Marie Hodgson was born and brought up in Cumbria and spent her early career working for English Estates from its Cockermouth office, covering lettings of industrial units throughout the county.

While working in Cockermouth she passed her Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyor exams and got a promotion which meant she moved to Manchester, where she still lives and works from.

She now runs her own business specialising in regeneration and construction and her clients work takes her all over the country.

She said: “My parents, family and many friends still live in Cumbria so I travel back here as often as I can.

“I am delighted to be selected to join the Maryport Harbour Authority and look forward to working with the other board members.”


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