Today in 2012 – Yorkshire Life outlines plan to bring water back to the Haven

HEDON HAVEN DEVELOPMENT was the subject of the day nine years ago today (9 March 2012). It was an ambitious plan to bring water back to Hedon Haven.

On this day, Yorkshire Life magazine published an article which outlined the plan.

“The ebb and flow of Hedon,” wrote Chris Titley, is “the intriguing story of the old, new town which hopes to refloat its nautical origins.” He referred to a “bold and impressive vision” to open up the town’s ancient waterways and bring water back to the Hedon Haven. Imagined by the Hedon Navigation Trust, member Allen Marshall outlined the idea in the magazine.

The ambition was to allow small boats to navigate the route along the waterways from the Humber to Hedon. Boats would moor at a new marina at the Haven. They would use a lock or boat-lift system to pass to and from the marina. A caravan and wildlife park would complement the marina. It would be a visitor attraction that would draw people from across the region.

It may have had local support, but financial backing for the ambitious plan was sadly lacking. The vision would wane over the years and commercial eyes began to look at the development of the land.

Also in Yorkshire Life that month: A look at the interior of Lambert House on Sheriff Highway. A piece on the Kilnsea Cross at Holyrood House. Interviews with local councillor Ann Suggit and Hedon Blog’s Ray Duffill.

The three-page article included an impressive collection of photos by Neil Holmes.

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