Toyah Tomkins, who runs the Bouley Bay Dive Centre, mentioned she had not been given any ensures that the dive centre could be included in plans to redevelop the Water’s Edge Lodge and fears she may very well be priced out of any future business lease supplied to them.
There are presently two planning functions for the Water’s Edge Lodge website.
One includes constructing 25 self-catering flats and has been accepted. The opposite is for the development of an eight-bedroom house with employees quarters on the location.
Whereas each plans embody retaining a dive store and constructing a brand new restaurant, Ms Tomkins mentioned the functions had led folks to right into a false sense of safety and to imagine that the dive centre was staying.
‘Whereas [the plans] embody a dive centre, it doesn’t embody our dive centre. Now we have not been supplied a lease or any certainty in any respect. We’re fearful that when the event is constructed, we can be priced out of any lease and it is going to be too costly for us to afford,’ she mentioned. ‘The centre has been within the Island for 70 years and it’s an integral a part of the bay. We don’t wish to let down the diving neighborhood by eradicating their centre.’
Ms Tomkins mentioned she had been informed by the proprietor that a few of the work to demolish the resort may begin in October, which meant that the enterprise must relocate till the proposed growth was full.
She added that she had contacted Trinity Constable Philip Le Sueur to debate potential momentary options.
‘We must wait a number of years to maneuver in – if we even get that lease in any respect. It has been instructed we purchase transport containers and apply for permits to place them at Bouley Bay in addition to paying to put in three-phase electrical energy. This planning and work takes months and could be a giant hit on a small native enterprise who, by no fault of its personal, could be required to pay for a brief house,’ she mentioned.
Ms Tomkins mentioned that, in a super scenario, they might be supplied a lease earlier than the event started in order that they might resolve whether or not the amenities would go well with.
She has launched a survey, accessible by way of the Bouley Bay Dive Centre Fb web page, to get Islanders’ ideas and to collect help for the centre.
A spokesperson from MS Planning, who’re performing on behalf of the builders, mentioned: ‘We’re presently in discussions with Bouley Bay Dive Centre.’