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BERTH PAINS: An­other year, an­other bat­tle over the fu­ture of Bridling­ton har­bour. So, says what does the fu­ture really hold for the coastal town?

Yorkshire Post - YP Magazine - - Seven Days -

RIDLING­TON Har­bour is the one place that ev­ery­one vis­its when they go to the town and it’s also where bat­tle lines have been drawn for years in a quest to wres­tle power from the har­bour com­mis­sion­ers. The coun­cil wants to build a new ho­tel and car park com­plex and the own­ers want to keep the sta­tus quo. Last year the lat­est pub­lic in­quiry once again fell in favour of the cur­rent in­cum­bents.

It is ar­guably the sea­side town’s big­gest at­trac­tion and per­haps sur­pris­ingly to many it holds the ti­tles of largest shell­fish land­ing port in Eng­land and largest lob­ster land­ing port in Europe, with a to­tal fish­ing catch val­ued at £5.7m in 2011. Hol­i­day­mak­ers are en­tranced by both the com­mer­cial and plea­sure boat op­er­a­tions.

The Port of Bridling­ton is not owned or man­aged by the coun­cil. It is a Trust Port, of which there are around 40 in the UK that are in­de­pen­dently-run and the rift that has devel­oped be­tween the har­bour and the coun­cil has been a long-run­ning is­sue.

Dennis Je­witt is one of 12 Har­bour Com­mis­sion­ers. He’s a Bridling­ton-born re­tired fish­er­man who re­calls the days when the town’s fish­ing fleet was still haul­ing in cod and had­dock in sig­nif­i­cant quan­tity, rather than to­day be­ing the main crus­tacean land­ing port in the UK.

He talks of the coun­cil’s fight to take con­trol cost­ing the har­bour £1m to de­fend

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