Boul­ders ‘to stop ac­cess to har­bour’

Evening Express (City Final) - - News - BY CRAIG PA­TON

A FISH­ER­MAN to­day hit out at a landowner who is us­ing boul­ders to ob­struct a pub­lic ac­cess route. Jim Adam, the chair­man of the Cove Har­bour Fish­er­man’s As­so­ci­a­tion, says the boul­ders are a “de­ter­mined” at­tempt to stop peo­ple from vis­it­ing the har­bour. The stones were placed on the site on Sat­ur­day morn­ing by a JCB and it is un­der­stood sev­eral peo­ple have been un­able to turn their cars around as a re­sult of their place­ment. The move comes after a four-year le­gal bat­tle be­tween the fish­er­men and landowner Pral­had Kolhe, which ended with a sher­iff or­der­ing the boats to be re­moved from the har­bour. Mr Kolhe said: “We are only do­ing what the sher­iff told us we could do.” De­spite the or­der, Sher­iff An­drew Miller said ac­cess should be main­tained for peo­ple walk­ing and driv­ing to the pier. Mr Adam said: “There’s a very de­ter­mined at­tempt to block any­one from turn­ing their car down there at the har­bour. “The sher­iff said that he could put those types of things around his prop­erty, but he also said that the pub­lic had the right to take their ve­hi­cles down there and park, but to me, in my sim­ple way of think­ing, if you have the right to drive down there, then you have the right to turn.” Mr Adam be­lieves this will have an ef­fect on peo­ple who want to visit the har­bour, not just fish­er­men. He said: “I think that there’s go­ing to be a lot of very ag­grieved peo­ple.” One res­i­dent, who asked not to be named, dam­aged the oil sump in their car after be­ing forced to re­verse back up the road and hit­ting a rock – which is be­lieved to have been left by the con­trac­tors. The res­i­dent said: “I had no idea that was there, so I was forced to re­verse back up the road when I hit some­thing. “My car was so badly dam­aged that it had to be re­cov­ered. It’s really some­thing that peo­ple should know about be­fore they go.” The new row comes after five boats, a shed and fish­ing gear were de­stroyed in a blaze last week­end.

Pho­to­graph by Chris Sum­ner

Jim Adam has hit out over the boul­ders placed at Cove Har­bour by the landowner

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