MEP to look for Europe money for fishing quay

Eastbourne fishermen with the Lib Dems SUS-150219-162236001
Eastbourne fishermen with the Lib Dems SUS-150219-162236001

Fishermen in Eastbourne met with Catherine Bearder MEP and Stephen Lloyd MP to discuss EU funding for their developments in Sovereign Harbour.

Catherine has been a long-term supporter of the Eastbourne fishermen since she was first elected in 2009 advising them on EU funding for development of their site but also standing up for them in Parliament to get the best deal for small-scale fishermen.

The team looked over plans for the development which will include retail spaces, stores for the fishermen’s tackle and an education centre.

The fishermen are in the process of purchasing the land from developers Carillion and have full planning permission from the council for the plans to go ahead.

Catherine is investigating EU funding streams to ensure the development can continue to progress.

Catherine said, “These fishermen are the life-blood of Sovereign Harbour and have been there for years.

“I’m doing everything I can to protect them from harsh quota cuts and to ensure they get the EU funding they deserve for their exciting developments which will secure the long term future of the harbour.”

Stephen Lloyd said, “I am fully on board with supporting Graham Doswell and fellow fishermen in Sovereign Harbour. I have been working with them for some time to ensure the project progresses and that the Eastbourne fishing fleet gets the support and funding it so deserves. I look forward to the day when the whole up to date fishing area is completed.

“It will enhance Sovereign Harbour enormously and ensure the fleet has a long and productive future.”