Boat owners rocked by eviction decision in Essex

Boat owners told they have 3 weeks to leave this quay in Harwich. Credit: ITV Anglia
  • Video report by ITV News Anglia's Hannah Pettier

For 100 years fishermen and boat owners have been using Gas House Quay in Harwich.

But in 3 weeks time, they've been told, they will have to leave. Hutchison Ports which owns the land says it's a health and safety decision.

We've been here 16 years as a formal association, we have a committee, members, we have our boats.

Ian Wooding, Harwich Small Boat Owners Association

Hutchison Ports has already fenced off the quayside.

And a letter to the club leaves in no doubt their intentions - get out by midday on 12th May - anything left behind will be considered abandoned and cleared.

In a statement Hutchison Ports said:

The area has been occupied by the Small Boat Owners Association for some time but there are increasing concerns about impacts on the environment and public safety.

Hutchison Ports - Harwich International