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Threat of legal action made by Poole marina unhappy over Twin Sails bridge
A THREAT of legal action was made by a Poole marina operator unhappy with the Twin Sails Bridge.
Borough of Poole has confirmed that it has received a claim relating to Cobbs Quay at Hamworthy – however, marina owner MDL has said it has no outstanding claims.
Tim Martin, head of legal and democratic services at the Borough of Poole, said: “We can confirm that the council has received a claim in relation to Cobbs Quay. The matter is currently with our insurance company and we cannot comment further at this stage, as it is subject to legal proceedings.”
Last year, when the second lifting bridge was frequently breaking down and stranding mariners in the basin between the two bridges, it was reported that berth holders in Holes Bay were bailing out.
A spokesman for MDL, Europe’s largest marina group, said: “There have been significant improvements in the bridges this year and it’s had a massive impact on our marina.
“Last year the whole controlling of the bridges wasn’t right. This year it’s been spot on. There are no current claims outstanding.”
Lance Murdoch, assistant manager at Davis’s Boatyard next to Cobbs Quay, said they had lost some yachts over the year.
“We have got more smaller boats, fewer yachts. More smaller boats that can fit under the bridge,” he said. “There has been a change in our demographic.”
He added: “Overall the operation of the bridge has improved this summer.”
The timetable was working better, with boats no longer having to queue. Jonathan Saunders, chairman of Cobbs Quay Marina Berth Holders Association, said the economic situation and a steep rise in the cost of red diesel for mariners had also contributed to empty berths.
“For a small number they have actually given up or moved because of the bridge,” he said.
“Most feedback I get suggests everyone would wish there wasn’t a second bridge or no bridge at all.”
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