Project Aims

The Chester Community Watersports Hub project is seeking to maximise the benefit of the River Dee for local communities and enhance access to multiple water-sports.

Key aims

  • Increase participation in the uptake of multiple water-sports widening the user base and access to watersports
  • Redevelop and improve the facility for existing users and the wider community
  • Attractive and rare opportunity to increase state schools access to a high quality water-sports facility
  • Maximise River Dee as a key asset for the benefit of the city
  • Contribute to the public health agenda
  • Ensure the best possible outcome is achieved for local people

Key principles

  • Safeguarding issues addressed throughout development, design and implementation
  • Ensure existing users of the site are supported and access to the facility is ensured long-term
  • A strong partnership approach
  • Wider community benefit and enhanced community participation
  • Cheshire West and Chester Council is the landowner of this site and will not allow any sale of this site
  • Strive to deliver a ‘centre of excellence’ and maximise the positive impact of the Community Watersports Hub

Harness potential investment

  • British Rowing and British Canoeing are keen to support funding approaches for external funding
  • Local club has expressed an interest in providing capital investment in a new facility and is seeking partnership opportunities

There is a clear demonstrable need for some investment in the boat house. Currently multiple factors are coming together which make exploring this potential project an interesting proposition: viable funding package, interested partners, British Rowing and British Canoeing support, Cheshire West and Chester Council support.