Local MP Gordon Henderson this week visited Swale Marina and saw for himself the fantastic yachting facility that is attracting to the area visitors from all over Europe.
Mr Henderson was shown round the Conyer based marina by owners, father and son, Paul and Simon Smedley, who have invested a large amount of time and money to make the 200 berth facility one of the best places to moor a boat in the Southeast of England.
Swale Marina offers yachtsmen an idyllic safe haven at the head of Conyer Creek, which runs off the Swale between Sittingbourne and Faversham.
Gordon with Paul Smedley on board the yacht “Jepa”
Mr Henderson said:
‘It never ceases to amaze me how many wonderful places we have to offer in Sittingbourne and Sheppey. We have such diversity. We have everything from the Blue Town Heritage Centre, with one of the only old time music halls in the country, to the fantastic windswept Elmley Nature Reserve.
‘We have a number of real hidden treasures that few people know about, including Harty Church, Tonge Pond and the Saxon Way. This week I discovered another jewel in Swale Marina. It is a superb boating facility that has the advantage of being located in a beautiful part of Kent with wonderful views of countryside and sea.
‘I am immensely proud to represent a constituency that has so much diversity and so many wonderful fantastic attractions. The problem is that we are not very good at promoting our area and few people know what we have to offer.
‘So the challenge we face is to use those facilities to help improve our local economy by attracting more visitors to the area. We can do that by unveiling our hidden treasure and publicising them!’