Fisherman a step closer to justice

PUBLISHED: 16:26 24 October 2008 | UPDATED: 22:32 15 June 2010

A BEER fisherman is taking East Devon District Council to the European Court of Human Rights after a three-year battle for a fishing concession.

A BEER fisherman is taking East Devon District Council to the European Court of Human Rights after a three year battle for a fishing concession.Brian Sanderson, of Park Road, has fought continuously for a fishing concession on Seaton beach since 2005 despite facing several obstacles put in his way by the council.He said: "I've found their treatment up to this point diabolical. They have put everything in my way other than to come to some sort of amicable solution."From 1978 to 2005 Mr Sanderson had a concession on Beer beach, and then decided to move it to Seaton.However, the council alleged that Mr Sanderson broke the conditions of his concession at Beer Beach and refused to give him another concession but he says the council did not produce any evidence to back up their claims.Fed up of the council's seeming lack of empathy, he contacted the local ombudsman who found EDDC guilty of maladministration in 2007 and he was awarded £10,000 in compensation.Mr Sanderson claims the council also said they would start the ball rolling and give him a fishing concession on Seaton beach.Fed up of waiting, Mr Sanderson contacted the European Court of Human Rights last year and he was told that the matter would be looked into.Now Mr Sanderson feels he is a step closer to justice after he received a letter from the court last week saying that he may be called to give evidence in Strasbourg.He said: "I just want the council to honour what they said to the ombudsman and give me a fishing concession."I was given £10,000 but I've been off work for three years and I would like to know why."A spokesman for East Devon District Council said: "EDDC is currently in ongoing discussions with Mr Sanderson regarding his application for a concession. "He is aware that there are a number of outstanding matters that he must resolve with us before we have the full range of documentation required to progress his application. "We have asked him to supply this by October 31. One item of information arrived on Monday but there are several other matters still out-standing.


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