Owners of abandoned boats in Barry Harbor fined

TWO men have been fined after illegally leaving their boats to rot in Barry Harbour.

Barrie Jon Dawe and Shane Statham had moored the boats Morning Dawn and Alisa at Barry Harbor without permission from the Vale of Glamorgan Council and left them there, leaving them in a ‘disrepair’.

Earlier this year, Morning Dawn was removed from port, followed later by the dismantling and removal of Alisa.

The Council says they tried to ask the couple to remove the boats but received no response, so they continued legal proceedings so the vessels could be removed.

Both were found guilty of violating maritime law.

At the hearing, Mr Dawe was ordered to pay a £600 fine, £50 for each offense and £620 court costs.

Mr Statham was conditionally released for the offenses as he was not seen as the main protagonist, but will also have to pay £620 in court costs.

Cllr Peter King, Vale of Glamorgan Council’s Cabinet Member for Neighborhood Services and Transport, said: ‘I am aware of the strong feelings within the local community about these boats and I am glad we were able to take decisive action in this area. Case.

“These vessels were abandoned in Barry Harbor where they became eyesores and posed an environmental and safety risk.”

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He continued: “Council had to use public funds to have them removed after the owners refused to deal with the matter.
“I hope this sends the message that the Council will not tolerate such behavior.

“We will do everything we can to hold those responsible accountable for their actions and to recover any associated costs.”

The Commission is considering whether to explore other avenues to recover the remaining costs.

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