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‘Dan the Fishman’ speaks out on wharf regeneration

08:00 23 August 2012

Dan the Fishman

Dan the Fishman

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Urges council to ‘act now before it’s too late’ to protect the historic port.

A LOCAL fisherman has spoken out against future developments on the East-the-Water wharves in Bideford.

Dan Garnett, known as ‘Dan the Fishman’, contacted the Gazette after reading last week how Bideford Town Council were fighting for a say in plans to develop the key regeneration site.

Mr Garnett, who sells fish at Bideford Farmer’s Market among other locations in North Devon, said the river front should be the town’s ‘ribbon of gold’.

He said: “Visitors to the town do come and talk to me and tell me they love the river but they want more to do.

“I feel it is about time we all got on with this project; if we don’t really have a good scheme with a visitors’ centre so much of this is going to be lost.

“I just don’t want houses and flats to appear there.”

In June the Gazette reported the wharf was used to store timber for the first time in half a century.

“Visitors loved seeing the port being used and so many local people also came out to see what was going on as well,” said Mr Garnett.

“This is a maritime town and visitors must be very disappointed when they pass the brown road-sign saying ‘Historic Maritime Port’ to find on arrival there is no obvious evidence of this ancient port.

“A modern working quay is all we have to show of this once major historic port.”

Mr Garnett urged the town council to pursue its promises to stand up for the people of Bideford.

He added: “Don’t be overruled by Torridge District Council; act now before it is too late.”

2 comments

  • I don't live in Bideford, but my ancestors did. In fact, one of them died by drowning in the Torridge off East the Water Wharf. I've visited the spot and I'd hate to see this area developed in any way other than a historic port site. Bideford's Town Council needs to do more to retain the heritage of the town. I don't want to go back in a few years and not recognize the place.

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    Sophronia

    Thursday, August 23, 2012

  • Well done Dan for speaking out, the Council here are trans-fixed by new housing, the vast majority of which is not needed because there's virtually no jobs for people to do that will enable them to pay for one. If the area is turned into apartments they'll just end up as a load of holiday lets and second homes, and they'll be vastly over priced of course because they would have a good view.

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    JWPepper

    Thursday, August 23, 2012

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