Underwater curiosity park receives approval from Portland Port
Last month Portland Port approved the designation of the Underwater Curiosity Park within Portland harbour, which is an integral part of the overall plan to attract the scuba divers back to Castletown. A Marine License is being sought from the Marine Management Organisation as well as a License from the Crown Estate which should take 3 to 4 months which, once confirmed, will give the go ahead for the build of the Underwater Curiosity Park.
Plans are already being drawn up to assemble all the underwater curiosities. Initial positive discussions with the Nautical Archaeological Society will procure a number of cannons and anchors with further investment in a range of themed items being built by Deadwalk Designs specifically for the Park.
Furthermore, a planning application will be submitted shortly to demolish the existing Castletown toilet block and in its place build a scuba diving training school, as well as smaller more modern toilet and changing facilities for both scuba divers and tourists alike. Discussions are already well advanced for the setting up of a water taxi for divers to ferry them out to the Curiosity Park from Crabbers' Wharf, making the need to tow large ribs down unnecessary.