An Amble fisherman has criticised the state of Warkworth Harbour and blasted the decision to erect steel gates which he claims are causing a major inconvenience.
Kevin Henderson, who has been in the industry for 38 years and was born and bred in the Friendliest Port, has hit out at Warkworth Harbour Commissioners (WHC).
He says he has never seen WHC property in such a mess and has questioned the rationale behind its recent installation of two gates beside the Quayside Chippy.
Mr Henderson said: “Whilst repairing lobster pots on Radcliffe Quay, I was informed by a fellow fisherman that his normal route from his boat to his shed had been barred by a metal fence. Made-to-measure, pre-constructed, galvanised steel fences had been installed for WHC, barring access between sheds and the fish dock for fishermen and restricting public access to the Quayside Chippy.
“WHC has, for no obvious benefit, barred a convenient route, inconveniencing fishermen, locals and tourists at the busiest time of year.”
He added: “I am saddened to say that I have never seen WHC property in such a mess. There have been weeds over two feet high on the fish quay. The state of the recently-repaired quay is even worse, being littered with loose ropes, damaged fishing gear and general rubbish, some of which has been there for a long time. The current state is unsightly and dangerous.”
Mr Henderson, who resigned as a voluntary Warkworth Harbour Commissioner last year, says the gates were erected without consultation.
A notice on the gates from the restaurant management and staff states: ‘We apologise for any inconvenience due to the gates. Simon Baxter, from WHC, has installed these gates. They are not the property of Quayside Cafe. Use the side walkways to gain entrance.’
Harbour Master Mr Baxter said he had no comment to make as ‘discussions are ongoing regarding this which is a boundary fence between two sections of land’.