New marina will be the ‘best in south-east’

Boats now moved into the new canal basin at Circus Fields in Aylesbury - pictured is Bryan Barnes - Chairman of Aylesbury Canal Society
Boats now moved into the new canal basin at Circus Fields in Aylesbury - pictured is Bryan Barnes - Chairman of Aylesbury Canal Society

Facilities at a new marina at Circus Fields will be the best in the south-east, according to the chairman of Aylesbury Canal Society Bryan Barnes.

Barge owners from the society moved into the marina earlier this month from their previous home in Walton Street, which is making way for the Waterside scheme.

However, building work is still being completed and is expected to finish just after Christmas.

Mr Barnes said: “Everyone is really happy with the new facilities at the moment. So far there have been no complaints however we still have a few odd jobs to do as for us this is like moving house.

“The unique selling point of this marina is that it has been designed by boaters for boaters. Also, the positioning of it means there will be no impact on local residents.”

Building work on the private clubhouse overlooking the moorings is still going on and is expected to be completed after Christmas.

The lease on the moorings was bought by Aylesbury Vale District Council at a cost of £2 million. It has now been revealed that the Canal Society are paying half a million on top of that.

Although the society have yet to raise any of this money it is in discussions with the banks to begin this process.

Boats will soon be available for hire, however this will not take place until the Grand Union Canal has fully re-opened following repair work on the lock at Buckland.

The society’s move to its new home has enabled the final stages of Aylesbury Vale District Council’s Waterside development to proceed.

The society are optimistic that the many boats which have visited the town in recent years continue to do so, and that the move also encourages more boat-owners to use the canal once it re-opens.