Two-tier system of discrimination claims charter skippers

Paul Kilpatrick and Richard Ward on the pontoon near Church Street car park''w121713b
Paul Kilpatrick and Richard Ward on the pontoon near Church Street car park''w121713b
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A TWO tier system is in operation in Whitby’s harbour which discriminates between anglers and yachts, claim the heads of the charter skippers association.

Their claims come after £200,000 was spent on the yacht pontoon installing electricity and making other improvements while they are left carrying a generator about in a wheelbarrow.

The Charter Skippers Association has requested electricity on the party pontoon where they moor their vessels for years but have been told it will cost them £12,000 - £750 from each boat.

Paul Kilpatrick, chairman of Whitby’s Charter Skippers and owner of Sea Otter II, told the Gazette: “It has now been proved they are running a two tier system. It is outrageous, we are being asked to pay for this when they have had all that spent.”

Richard Ward, secretary, added: “We spend £2000 a year on harbour fees, the yachts spend nothing like that. They are trying to say this money has been spent on improvements to the harbour for leisure.

“They class us as commercial but we are providing leisure facilities.”

The electricity would mainly provide lighting to enable the skippers to carry out cleaning and repair jobs and provide extra safety and security during dark winter mornings and nights.

There is a spotlight at the top of the pontoon gantry on Church Street but they say it is nowhere near adequate.

For many years there has been a divide between boat owners on the east and west sides of town and this was exacerbated when the fishing vessels were asked to moor on the west side for a fortnight while dredging took place. Richard, who also owns Shy-Torque, said: “It was like the boats had gone on holiday, it was gorgeous - if we had berths over there it would be fantastic for anglers.

He added: “We are part of the leisure industry and bringing people into the town who spend vast amounts of cash, it runs into millions what they spend through angling every year with pubs, restaurants, hotels, food and tackle.”