Anyway, back to the cottages. These were used until very recently by local fishermen. After asbestos was found in them (presumably in the roofs - corrugated asbestos was used before the 1970s) it was safely removed. So far so good. But no, the Council then decided that the most economic solution was to demolish them. Now I daresay the cost-benefit analysis was carried out with due process and I understand they have a duty to the ratepayers - although where was this duty when the new council offices were built a few years ago? To quote from their own website, "The reception area and Bann Gallery are lined in walnut. All of the walnut veneer used in the building was soured [sic] from one single tree. The tree was retrieved from a bog in the Gardens of Versailles in France. It dated back to the Napoleonic era and was particularly unusual because of its size." And before you ask, this isn't the Council of Europe, or Westminster, or even Edinburgh...this is Coleraine, a long way from everywhere. Enough said.
The local fishermen and harbour users wanted to keep the cottages and an article appeared in our local rag to that effect. And a few days later I ventured forth to photograph same cottages. And here they are:
|Fishermen's Cottages, Portrush Harbour|
Anyway, to lighten the mood, here are some cute little boats I found in the harbour, oblivious to the wanton destruction going on around them: