UPDATE: Fremington boat could be on its way

NORTH Devon's Napoli could be on its way to the scrapheap in the sky after councillors agreed to put �10,000 towards the cost of removing it from Fremington Quay. At a special meeting of the executive yesterday (Wednesday) North Devon Council members ap

NORTH Devon's "Napoli" could be on its way to the scrapheap in the sky after councillors agreed to put �10,000 towards the cost of removing it from Fremington Quay.

At a special meeting of the executive yesterday (Wednesday) North Devon Council members approved the council's portion of the �50,000-�60,000 required to safely clean and remove the rusting Severn Sands dredger from the strand above the quay.

A report has revealed the vessel, which has been at Fremington for more than two years, now contains some 1,000 tyres, thousands of litres of diesel and oil and 30 to 40 drums of unknown chemicals.

The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) was keen to use its powers to remove the boat before any environmental disaster occurred, but sought funding from the council and other local agencies.


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Councillor Dick Jones of the executive said he would be meeting with the MCA tomorrow (Friday) morning to discuss the next step and hopefully hear that the removal process could soon begin.

"We as an authority are willing to set the ball rolling, because we feel it's our duty and the people of North Devon should not have to live with this potential disaster," he said.

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"It would affect our whole coastline and we still don't know what is contained in the 40 or so barrels of chemicals.

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