‘Proper’ Emsworth folk are now excluded from our great harbour  

Emsworth Harbour. Picture: Malcolm Wells
Emsworth Harbour. Picture: Malcolm Wells
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Re a letter from an OAP back on August 23, regarding anti-social behaviour by youths swimming in Emsworth Harbour. I agree with everything this man said, as I am afraid our harbour has become a playground for yachties.

In recent years we had been told how we have to travel ‘down and back up the main channel’ in the harbour.

This was altered to the exact opposite of how we always made our way, but the sailing club yachts are allowed to continuously race in large numbers across this channel at will, whenever they want.

This causes a danger to other vessels underway.

Is this not anti-social behaviour?

Now CCTV cameras have been erected around the quay on the Sailing Club building. Surely this is an invasion of people’s privacy? People just walking for pleasure, mothers with little children playing and crabbing, boat owners tending their vessels, and, most of all, young boys and girls swimming. Is this not anti-social?

The last remaining Emsworth fisherman has been banned from parking his van on the top end of the foreshore while at work earning his living.

This did no harm or inconvenienced anything or anybody.

The vehicle was not parked on the right of way and only parked there at low tide while he worked outside the harbour fishing, or while he worked on the mud. In my book this is anti-social.

The OAP who wrote that letter was spot on when saying the local, proper Emsworth people have been excluded from what goes on in the harbour.

The ban on this man proves it.

Another OAP

Harbour user for 60 years

(Name & address supplied)