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Fishermen threatened with eviction for second time in two years

Solicitors representing Cove Bay harbour landlord Pralhad Kolhe have told the fishermen to leave.

Cove Bay Harbour
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Fishermen are facing eviction from a historic north east harbour for the second time in less than two years.

Solicitors representing landlord Pralhad Kolhe told the fishermen to remove their boats from Cove Bay Harbour by September 9, or risk legal action.

But Jim Adam, chairman of the Cove Bay Fishermen’s Association, said they have no plans to leave.

The fishermen were given a similar ultimatum by Mr Kolhe’s lawyers in May 2014, but the threat was not carried out.

Mr Adam said: “The intention is not to comply with Mr Kolhe's demands. He’s threatening legal action so we’ll have to see how he handles it now that the two weeks have passed.

“Lots of people use the harbour and this would have a huge impact. People derive a livelihood from the bay, so it’s quite something to say ‘you’ve got to get out’.”

Fishermen are thought have fished out of Cove harbour since the village was first settled in the 1790s.

A spokesman for the Save the Fishing Boats of Cove Harbour campaign group said: “After a silence of about a year and a half, another ultimatum has been received from the solicitors representing Pralhad Kolhhe that the boats and associated equipment should be removed, otherwise court proceedings would commence.

“If cars and vans are found to be parking in the harbour area, proceeding will be raised to prevent this.

“Obviously this ultimatum will also have huge implications for the folks who utilise the harbour for casual and recreational users.”

The fishermen have also been warned not to park in the harbour and have been ordered to remove fishing equipment.

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