Porthleven rallies round to clean up harbour: PICTURES

Porthleven rallies round to clean up harbour: PICTURES

Porthleven rallies round to clean up harbour: PICTURES

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A “staggering” amount of people spent Sunday morning clearing Porthleven Harbour of debris left by the recent storms.

At least 100 people took part in the clean up, which spread over four hours. So many people turned up in the harbour that some turned their attentions to cleaning the quay as well.

Alan Richards, secretary of Porthleven Fishermen’s Association, described the response as “very heartening,” adding: “The turnout from the community regarding our damage, help with the fundraisers and clean up of the harbour has been quite staggering.

“You think these days that community spirit is lost, but when something like that happens it certainly isn’t. It was just a tremendous effort all round.”

Not only did people don wellies and waterproofs to pick up broken bits of boat, crab pots and other storm debris, but others took around bacon sandwiches and drinks to keep volunteers going.

“To be quite honest we’ve been overwhelmed with people’s support ever since we were hit badly with the storm. People helped get the boats out the harbour that have got nothing to do with the harbour. We can’t thank people enough,” added Mr Richards.

Nets and rope swept to the bottom of the harbour by the giant waves was also recovered, thanks to a dumper truck provided by the Porthleven Harbour and Dock Company.

“They have been exemplary,” said Mr Richards. “They have worked tirelessly to help get the harbour back in order.” He gave a special mention to harbour master Phil Ward, who he said had gone “above and beyond the call of duty” ever since the storm two weeks ago.

“You can’t have asked for a better harbour master on the day, when things go wrong,” he said.

He also singled out Atlantic Inn for thanks over their fundraising efforts, adding that “without that support we would have struggled.”

A TV camera crew from Al Jazeera America were even there filming the clean up, as part of a documentary being made on the storms.

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3:55pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Helston fly on the wall says...

Nice to see the harbour looking so much better for its clean up, and everyone rallying around, proper job. Its just a shame Cornwall Council let it down I think by having the toilets closed for six months of the year. I think they should cut Cllrs allowances and invest the money in opening toilets. All very well I think, some Cllrs swanning around soaking up the publicity but I notice they don't publicise the fact the TC and CC toilets are shut before you pay your car park fee. A town with businesses trying to trade and not one public toilet open, very poor effort I think on the councils behalf.
Nice to see the harbour looking so much better for its clean up, and everyone rallying around, proper job. Its just a shame Cornwall Council let it down I think by having the toilets closed for six months of the year. I think they should cut Cllrs allowances and invest the money in opening toilets. All very well I think, some Cllrs swanning around soaking up the publicity but I notice they don't publicise the fact the TC and CC toilets are shut before you pay your car park fee. A town with businesses trying to trade and not one public toilet open, very poor effort I think on the councils behalf. Helston fly on the wall
  • Score: 7

9:11pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Gillian R.Z. Martin says...

Porthleven always looks nice but especially so since it has been cleaned up following the storms.

According to the Packet today, the majority of Town Councillors w
Porthleven always looks nice but especially so since it has been cleaned up following the storms. According to the Packet today, the majority of Town Councillors w Gillian R.Z. Martin
  • Score: 4

9:16pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Gillian R.Z. Martin says...

Gillian R.Z. Martin wrote:
Porthleven always looks nice but especially so since it has been cleaned up following the storms.

According to the Packet today, the majority of Town Councillors w
Previous post should have said:

Porthleven always looks nice but especially so since it has been cleaned up following the storms.

According to the Packet today, the majority of Town Councillors feel that the Shute Lane toilets are too important to have closed six months of the year.
[quote][p][bold]Gillian R.Z. Martin[/bold] wrote: Porthleven always looks nice but especially so since it has been cleaned up following the storms. According to the Packet today, the majority of Town Councillors w[/p][/quote]Previous post should have said: Porthleven always looks nice but especially so since it has been cleaned up following the storms. According to the Packet today, the majority of Town Councillors feel that the Shute Lane toilets are too important to have closed six months of the year. Gillian R.Z. Martin
  • Score: 4

9:46pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Helston fly on the wall says...

Shame they didn't think about that before the October half term and February half term, " The majority of Cllrs" so who didn't think it was important then to have them open in winter and it was only important for the summer months ? Tourism is all year round or hasn't some Cllr noticed.
A nice clean town for people to visit with no toilets.
Shame they didn't think about that before the October half term and February half term, " The majority of Cllrs" so who didn't think it was important then to have them open in winter and it was only important for the summer months ? Tourism is all year round or hasn't some Cllr noticed. A nice clean town for people to visit with no toilets. Helston fly on the wall
  • Score: 4

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