The Appeal in the Supreme Court of TWL Logistics v Essex County and I Tucker (for Free the Quay) to determine whether Mistley Quay should retain its Village Green Status for the enjoyment of the people of Mistley was due to be heard on 1st and 2nd April.
The hearing was supposed to go ahead using a video conferencing facility, which would enable court hearings to proceed while Justices and parties operate remotely from the court room.
Unfortunately, as we were about to post the details of how to hear the proceedings, we heard that our Counsel Mr Richard Wald, who represented FTQ in the Appeal Court has been taken ill and the hearing has therefore been adjourned until further notice.
People will be able to view the proceedings (eg. barristers and witnesses) by television in real time, even if they are not directly involved with the conferencing session itself.
We will keep you posted on the new dates.
Brighten up your bleak January and come along either on your own or with a team (8 per table). Tickets are £15 per person and include supper.
Make it extra special with a wreath - come to our wreath making workshop on Sunday 8 December at the Mistley Quay workshops.
Suggestions have been made by TWL, the owners of Mistley port, that there is a lack of concern on the part of FTQ about the risks to swans from people fishing over the fence on Mistley Quay
Of course FTQ is concerned about the swans. They are a much loved feature of Mistley and several FTQ supporters have fed and cared for them over the years despite difficulties created by TWL by the erection of the fence on the Quay. When the Quay is free the swans can be fed, injured swans recovered from the river and cared for, and occasional fishermen can fish peacefully and responsibly.
The edge of the quay is part of the Village Green for the enjoyment of lawful sports and pastimes by local residents who are currently prevented from using it by the erection of the fence. There is nothing that TWL can do to restrict this.
The old signs about risks to swans of fishing were advisory by nature. There is nothing to stop fishing anywhere on the riverbanks or from boats and neither we nor TWL can or should monitor or control fishing in the Stour.
The erection of the fence has taken away the gentle pleasures of swan feeding from a generation of local residents, which has attributed to the migration of the Mistley herd to better homes on the river. The correct approach to protect the swans is to explain the risks to the fishermen and ask them to take care not to lose gear by the quay. Restoration of the joy of swan feeding will bring them back to Mistley.
This is an issue confected by TWL; if they had a fraction of the concern they have for swans for the peace and enjoyment of their human neighbours in Mistley they would have avoided the problems of the last ten years.
26 July 2019
The Jazz Picnic is back again in 2019 but with a slight difference - this year it will take place in the evening from 6.00 pm to 9.30 pm and as in the previous years, bring friends and family, a picnic and enjoy music, food and drink and watch the sun go down over the Stour.