Possible closure of Southerly Yachts

The Parish Council has been approached by the  Chichester Observer to comment on the latest troubles at Northshore boatyard. It has been widely reported in the nautical press that once again a company based at the boatyard is going into administration/liquidation.

The following statement has been issued by the Parish Council and will likely appear in the Chichester Observer on Thursday 28th August.

Statement by West Itchenor Parish Council – 27th August 2104
Responding to reports in the nautical press of deeply regrettable skilled staff layoffs and financial difficulties at the local shipyard the chairman of the West Itchenor Parish Council said “Itchenor has supported boat building at its shipyard for over 300 years. It has formed an integral part of our village character and the local economy. The potential loss of this boat building company will be detrimental to us, to the harbour and it will permanently change the character of our village. We will do all we can to maintain the retention of marine use for this site.”