Position Statement – June 2014

The development of a ‘Community Watersports Hub’ on the River Dee is a key priority within the Chester Waterways Strategy to provide growth for the city.

There is untapped potential to enhance community and educational benefits of a watersports facility on the River Dee. There is a clear aspiration to develop and broaden water-based activities on the River Dee.

The current Queens Park High School boat house is a key strategic site for the city and offers clear potential for expansion and improvement. This is the preferred site for an improvement project.

Cheshire West and Chester Council would like to work in partnership and help develop an enhanced community watersports facility on the River Dee.

An expansion of rowing on the River Dee also has support from British Rowing.

Underlying principles of this potential project are:

  • Safeguarding issues addressed throughout development, design and implementation
  • A maintenance of access to rowing for Queens Park High School
  • A strong partnership approach, with Queens Park High School a fundamental partner
  • Wider community benefit
  • Cheshire West and Chester Council is the landowner of this site and will not allow any sale of this site.

Proposed steps forward:

  • Step up a project steering group with all key partners represented
  • Partner workshop to outline key opportunities and restraints for each partner
  • Agree project work streams: funding, business modelling, design and planning etc.
  • Indicative timescale with delivery 2016

Benefits of the project:

  • Maximise River Dee as a key asset for the benefit of the city
  • Expand and enhance the community benefits of an improved facility
  • Contribute to the public health agenda
  • Ensure the best possible outcome is achieved for local people