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PremierLeague-News.Com - Chris Matheson has expressed concern about the idea of trusting people to stay sober while skippering the donut-shaped boats
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! Chester MP Chris Matheson has warned that plans to put barbecue boats on the River Dee would create "mayhem" and be a danger to other river users. He has expressed concern about the idea of trusting people to stay sober while skippering the donut-shaped boats, which would be located on The Groves in this busy tourist hotspot. The controversial development was given planning permission by Cheshire West and Chester Council's planning committee in May. The applicants propose putting two of the barbecue boats and a safety boat on a floating pontoon located between the Bandstand and the Chester Boats mooring, with alcohol available to purchase from a single storey kiosk. The boat itself would have a barbecue in the middle. But campaigners have launched a petition to try to stop the plans from coming to fruition, with over 2,900 people already having signed it. The petition calls on Cheshire West and Chester Council to discuss the development at a meeting of the full council. READ MORE:'When can I book?' - you react to Chester Zoo's exciting lakeside lodge plans Amongst those trying to stop the development in Chester are local businesses, rowing clubs and individuals who fear that it would result in a loss of amenity and access to the river, at what is the only public mooring in the city. Now the city's MP Chris Matheson has leant his weight to the campaign, signing the petition to call for the matter to be brought before full council. He described the concept, proposed by brothers Andrew and Michael Conroy from Navis MC Ltd, as posing a danger to other river users.
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. We have got the oldest regatta in the country and the river should be open to anyone. "I really can't see how self-skippered party boats where you are trusting one person to stay sober will add to that and I can see many opportunities for mayhem, causing danger to other river users.
Sketch of the 'bbq-donut' boat which will dock on the floating pontoon
"We have got a great selection of boats available and several rowing clubs also based along the river so the opportunities are already there for residents and visitors who want to go on the river." Campaigners including local business owners Pat and Paul Eeles, who run Riverside Takeaway and Chester Boat Hire, have shared their concerns, describing the plans as a 'flagrant breach' of a 200-year-old covenant.
Campaigners protesting at the Bandstand on The Groves, Chester, after plans to build a floating pontoon and put barbecue boats on the River Dee were approved by councillors
(Image: Paul Eeles)
The covenant is said to have set out that this part of the riverside should be preserved and protected for the future enjoyment of the people of the city. Campaigners also say that the Cheshire County Council Act, which became law in 1980, prevented any such development at The Groves. Cheshire West and Chester Council has told Cheshire Live: "There are several stages of approvals that would be required for this proposal to come into effect. The Council is now writing to the applicants to let them know what else is required should they wish to proceed further with their application." Cheshire Live has approached Navis MC Ltd for comment. NEWSLETTER: Sign up for CheshireLive email direct to your inbox here
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