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Boss: skip row is just a storm in a teacup

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: October 05, 2012

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A "HUGE" skip was left blocking a boat slipway for nearly two weeks after a Cornwall Council blunder.

The authority has apologised after the full skip was parked on top of the words "keep clear" for 12 days from Friday, September 21.

Residents said the sight was an eyesore, that people couldn't get their boats down the slipway and rubbish was being washed into the sea at high tide.

"It's absolutely unbelievable that the council are so desperate to solicit themselves," said Portmellon resident Marie Mills, who described it as "so sad and utterly disrespectful to our beautiful village" and added that 50 or more calls had been made to the skip company.

However, the company maintained they could not remove it until told to do so by their clients, who had gone away on holiday.

"We were unable to reverse our 16ft boat down the slip without lots of manoeuvring and having to block the road," she said, adding that the skip was "huge and full to the top".

Cornwall Council said the skip company, St Austell-based 1st Call Skips, paid £80 for a licence to put the skip there for up to a month, on behalf of their client.

"The county council told us we could put it there," said 1st Call managing director Hugh Keogh.

"We don't know what all the fuss is about. We got the licence for a month."

As soon as the customer asked them to remove it, the skip would be removed.

"It's not blocking people from getting their boats down at all," he said. "It's a storm in a teacup."

He said there was about 8 metres of room for people to get boats down the slipway.

Cornwall Council confirmed the relevant permissions were sought and a licence was issued.

"Unfortunately, we understand that our streetworks section agreed that the skip company could place the skip on the slipway," said the authority.

"However, as the slipway does not belong to the council the skip company should have been advised that if they wished to place the skip in that location they would need to seek permission from the landowner."

The skip was due to have been removed earlier this week.

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