Strategy is needed for Harbour

Torridge District Councillors have agreed that a strategy is needed to outline the future for Bideford harbour and Estuary

COUNCILLORS have unanimously agreed that a strategy for Bideford harbour and Estuary should be formed before discussing an application for a harbour revision order.

Speaking at Torridge District Council’s community and resources meeting on Monday, Ricky McCormack, Head of Operational Services, suggested the strategy was an important first step to take to agree the future of the harbour and estuary.

The agreement comes after Councillor Barry Parsons issued a statement last week confirming the council were not in the process of applying for a harbour revision order.

Many harbour-users had become concerned after rumours began to circle that the council were seeking a harbour revision order and introducing mooring charges.

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This, Mr Parsons said in his statement, was not true, and added: “I am happy to give every assurance that should a harbour revision order (agreed in 2009 by the previous harbour working board group) be considered by the council, local communities will be given every opportunity to join in through proper and meaningful consultation.”

Speaking at the meeting, Mr Parsons agreed with the suggestion of a strategy, and said: “We don’t use the estuary nearly as much as we should. We should be looking at a strategy to move forward and from my point of view this is the right way to go about it.”

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The Harbour Working Board will be meeting at Bideford Town Hall tomorrow (Thurs) at 3pm.

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