Don't miss a story sign up to the North Devon Gazette's FREE daily newsletter CLICK HERE

‘Dan the Fishman’ speaks out on wharf regeneration

08:00 23 August 2012

Dan the Fishman

Dan the Fishman


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.”


  • 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.

    Report this comment


    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.

    Report this comment


    Thursday, August 23, 2012

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

Other News Stories

Lorraine Cleverdon and Chris Taylor from  Highbullen Hotel (pictured with host Judi Spiers and guest speaker Peter Gorton) pick up one of two awards on the night. Picture: Nick Williams

Gold, silver and bronze at glittering evening for local hotels, restaurants and attractions.

Read more
An artist's impression of how the food and retail area at Anchorwood Bank will look

Developers have submitted a planning application for the food and retail area of the Anchorwood Bank development.

Read more
Crowds will gather for the Bideford light switch on this Sunday

Don’t miss the big switch on this Sunday on the quay

Read more

Efforts are underway to save the memories of local veterans before they are lost forever.

Read more

Open evening at Appledore Fire Station on Thursday, December 3.

Read more
Torridge MP Geoffrey Cox is joined by pupils from Holsworthy Community College and Shebbear College as he presents the first stage of his Parliamentary Petition on rural roads to 10 Downing Sreet. Picture: Submitted

Government urged to do more to improve the condition of rural roads

Read more
Yesterday, 09:00
Volunteers at Grosvenor Church with just some of the Christmas shoeboxes

Thousands donate boxes for needy children around the world

Read more
Saturday, November 28, 2015
Go North Devon staff and volunteers collecting for the SOS Appeal. Picture: Tony Freeman

Appeal to North Devon companies to help preserve ring and ride plus shopmobility services

Read more
Saturday, November 28, 2015
Was this artwork created by a celebrity? Place your bid in the Children's Hospice SW charity online auction

Children’s Hospice South West hosts secret online charity auction

Read more
Friday, November 27, 2015
Libby Ross of Devon and Severn IFCA tags a blonde ray in Bideford Bay. Picture: Steph Davies

Fishermen join tagging scheme to prove ray stocks are abundant off the North Devon coast

Read more

Christmas in North Devon

Christmas in North Devon

Christmas Magazine

Click here for your ultimate guide to
Christmas in North Devon

Local Weather



max temp: 12°C

min temp: 11°C

Most Read News

Great British Life

Great British Life

Useful Links

Advertise in the paper
Submit a Story
Subscribe to the paper
North Devon Football League
Order Photos
Family notices
Google Plus Page
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Read the North Devon Gazette e-edition E-edition

Search for a job in Devon

Local business directory

North Devon's trusted business finder

Find planning applications