Stop the building of an oyster grading unit

Stop the building of an oyster grading unit

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Whitstable beach awareness started this petition to Canterbury City Council

We have been anonymously sent some plans that came to light during a lease renewal back in August 2020. These plans are for an oyster grading shed to be build next to the harbour and RNLI station - ON THE BEACH!


These plans will potentially put Whitstable Yacht Club out of business. We also predict an increase in noise pollution and smell in that area. The grading shed is planned to be used to sorting oysters and storage of machinery for oyster farming right on the beach front. 


Whitstable Yacht Club has a huge community of over 600 members - 140 of which are cadet members. The training school is extremely successful with over 100 certificates awarded in 2020 despite the circumstances! The grading shed will be detrimental to this success due to the training school being situated immediately behind the area. 


With the proposed grading shed, space for 35 catamarans (equivalent to 60 single dinghys) would be lost. Not only boat space would be taken up however. This area would block movement of powerboats and training boats to the beach from their current storage space indoors. 


Moving onto the public impact. As you can see from  the images attached - I'm sure you can agree that this does not look very pleasing! This piece of land can be seen from almost all areas of the beach West of Whitstable Harbour making it an eyesore not only for locals but tourists and other visitors as well. Currently, in the summer the smell of old oyster shells and litter around the harbour area is bad. With the new grading shed and compound the smell of oysters will be even worse. The noise of this plant is also something to consider. Essentially, a factory is being built on the seafront, creating noise and air pollution. 

 

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