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Sutton Harbour Footbridge

Work to repair the Sutton Harbour pedestrian footbridge is progressing and it is anticipated the bridge could be ready to reopen during the autumn.

An agreement was reached in December 2017 between Plymouth City Council, the Environment Agency and Sutton Harbour Holdings plc to repair the custom-built footbridge, which crosses Sutton Lock, and these repairs are being commissioned by Plymouth City Council. (more…)

Harbour Directions Public Notice

Harbour Directions – Consultation

Sutton Harbour Company, as a Statutory Harbour Authority, was designated with powers of Harbour Direction on 6 April 2015. Following this designation Sutton Harbour Company proposes to introduce new Harbour Directions, because current byelaws, whilst relevant, are inadequate for the traffic using the Harbour.

Harbour Directions

Harbour Directions may be used by a Designated Harbour Authority to regulate ships within their harbour, or entering or leaving their harbour. They may relate to the movement, mooring and unmooring, equipment and manning of ships. For example, directions could be used:

  • to regulate the use of any main navigation channel or fairway;
  • to prescribe where and how vessels are to moor and move within the harbour;
  • to ensure ships above a certain size have working radios to allow communication between Harbour Master and ship;
  • to specify requirements for no deficiency in machinery; and,
  • to ensure sufficient people with relevant experience crew specific types of ship.

Who will they apply to?

Harbour Directions will only apply to ships as defined in the Harbours Act 1964. This Act defines a ship as including every description of vessel used in navigation, seaplanes and hovercraft. The Court of Appeal has held that to be used in navigation, a vessel must be used to make ordered progression from one place to another.

Compliance with the Harbour Directions Code of Conduct

This consultation on the proposed introduction of new Harbour Directions is being carried out in accordance with the Harbour Directions Code of Conduct.

This consultation seeks views, comments and/or observations on the proposed draft Harbour Directions, a copy of which (and accompanying explanatory document) can be obtained on request from The Harbour Master, Tin Quay House, Sutton Harbour, Plymouth, PL4 ORA: e-mail

Consultation responses should be provided in writing and received by The Harbour Master, Tin Quay House, Sutton Harbour, Plymouth, PL4 ORA: e-mail by 23 March 2018

Draft Harbour Directions
Explanatory Statement Harbour Directions

Agreement brokered by Council leader and local MP for repairs to Sutton Harbour Footbridge

Sutton Harbour Street Bridge

An agreement has been brokered between Plymouth City Council, the Environment Agency and Sutton Harbour Holdings plc for repairs to enable the Sutton Harbour pedestrian footbridge to re-open.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Ian Bowyer and MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport Luke Pollard brokered the agreement between Sutton Harbour Holdings plc and the Environment Agency to repair the custom-built footbridge, which connects the Barbican Quarter with the Fishing Quarter of Sutton Harbour where the National Marine Aquarium and Rockfish restaurant are based. (more…)

Sutton Harbour Footbridge

Sutton Harbour Holdings plc is calling for the Environment Agency to meet its contractual obligations in supporting necessary repairs to the Sutton Harbour pedestrian footbridge, in a bid to bring the bridge back into use more quickly for the benefit of local businesses.

The custom-built footbridge installed 23 years ago crosses Sutton Lock in Plymouth and is an integral part of the lock system, which is designed to prevent any flooding in the Sutton Harbour, Barbican, Coxside and Bretonside areas of the city.

Under an agreement dating back to 1998, the management and maintenance responsibilities for the lock gates and the footbridge are shared between the Environment Agency (EA) and Sutton Harbour Holdings plc (SHH).

Because the bridge forms part of the lock gates, only EA engineers are able to carry out repairs, to ensure that the validity and effectiveness of Sutton Lock is not compromised and there is no impact on marine traffic, as well as water levels in the harbour.

Following a failure of the bridge turntable earlier this year, the EA commissioned engineering reports which were only provided to SHH in August. On receipt of these reports, SHH sought an urgent meeting with the EA to discuss repairing the footbridge. In spite of the obvious urgency of this issue, the earliest meeting date offered by the EA was mid-October, and to date, the EA has not been willing to discuss a schedule for the necessary repairs. Sutton Harbour Holdings plc is now taking legal advice to try to resolve matters.

A spokesman for Sutton Harbour Holdings plc said: “We have been surprised by the approach of the Environment Agency to repairing the footbridge. On the last occasion that the footbridge bearing failed, SHH and the EA were able to work collaboratively to ensure a swift repair.

“We are concerned about the impact of the bridge’s closure on our key tenant businesses based locally. Along with many of our stakeholders, we are eager to see the footbridge brought back into service quickly, to benefit both visitors to the harbour and local residents.

“We are unable to move forward with planning these repairs however, as the Environment Agency has maintenance responsibility for the structure, and the EA engineers who instructed the tests have removed the failed bridge parts for further analysis. Despite our best efforts to secure a quick resolution, the EA was only prepared to meet a few weeks ago, and we are now being forced to seek legal advice to resolve this issue.”

Earlier this year, Sutton Harbour Holdings plc launched and subsidised a ferry service to help people cross between the historic Barbican Quarter and the Fishing Quarter to reach Rockfish restaurant and the National Marine Aquarium whilst the bridge was closed during the peak summer season.

The Sutton Harbour Ferry ran until the end of October, operated by Silverline Cruises, but this service has now closed for winter.

A walking route around the harbour is accessible via the Harbour Heritage Trail with a footpath circling around East Quay and North Quay (see map below).


Map of Sutton Harbour


Repairs to be planned for Sutton Harbour footbridge

Sutton Harbour footbridge

Engineers appointed by the Environment Agency have determined the cause of the failure of the Sutton Harbour pedestrian footbridge – enabling the next step of planning a timetable for repairs to get underway.


Preliminary results for the year ended 31st March 2017


Sutton Harbour Holdings plc (“Sutton Harbour”, “the Company”), the AIM listed waterfront regeneration and destination specialist, announces preliminary results for the year ended 31 March 2017.


  • Heads of terms signed with major contractor/developer for the Sugar House (East Quays) site
  • DfT Report on Plymouth Airport supportive of Company position that former airport site cannot deliver viable commercial air services
  • Submission of representations to the public consultation of the Plymouth and South West Devon Joint Local Plan in respect of the former airport site and Sutton Harbour area
  • Record year for Plymouth Fisheries Hub: £19.7m fish throughput value


  • Solid performance across trading activities
  • Adjusted profit before tax* £0.331m (2016: £0.410m)
  • Net financing costs down 9.5% to £0.96m (2016: £1.06m)
  • Net Assets £40.1m (2016: £40.9m)
  • Year-end net debt £22.5m (2016: £22.2m)

Full results can be viewed here

Summer ferry service for Sutton Harbour

A water ferry will operate in Plymouth’s Sutton Harbour this summer to link the historic Barbican Quarter with the Fishing Quarter whilst the pedestrian footbridge is closed for essential repairs.


Sutton Harbour Footbridge

The Sutton Harbour pedestrian footbridge will remain closed for the coming months following confirmation from engineers appointed by the Environment Agency that the bridge turntable has failed and will need to be replaced.


Guiding Star


Work will start on Monday 24th April to remove the Guiding Star, the abandoned blue boat in Sutton Harbour.

Sutton Harbour Holdings plc has employed a specialist marine contractor to dismantle the vessel in the harbour because it is beyond seaworthy repair.


Major £100K upgrade for prime Plymouth city centre car park


Lockyers Quay Car Park

One of Plymouth’s main city centre car parks has undergone a £100,000 makeover to make it safer and more user-friendly with brighter, eco-friendly LED lighting installed. (more…)