Wharf used for first time in half a century

A pile of logs has cause quite a stir as derelict wharf is used as a ‘one off’.

A CURIOUS sight has appeared on a derelict wharf – and it’s something the locals haven’t seen for nearly half a century.

Torridge District Council has granted a one-off permission for timber harvesting company Euroforest to store dozens of logs on Brunswick Wharf in East-the-Water after a severe space shortage.

Bideford harbour master Captain Roger Hoad said: “This is the first time we’ve used the wharf for anything like this in around fifty years.

“The logs will be there until July when they will be shipped out from the Quay.

“We are in desperate need of space at the moment; the cattle market where we usually store our logs is full so we have been granted this one-off permission to use the wharf.”

Mr Hoad said he would love to see the site, which is directly opposite the port, used as a working wharf again.

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But the development brief for the East-the-Water wharves outlines the council’s desire to regenerate the site into a leisure hub embracing the ‘caf� culture’.

He said: “It is great to see the wharf being used for its designed purpose. The more storage space we have the more ships we get in and the more profit we make.

“In the long term you could even put a ship on the wharf, but a lot of dredging would need to be done.

“I would love to see the site being used as a wharf again, and I will fight for it.”

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