A blob pretending to be a marina

PUBLISHED: 09:08 15 January 2007 | UPDATED: 10:28 24 May 2010

SOME of the louder correspondents to these columns have probably come across the Rorsach test by which psychologists show someone an ink blot and ask you what you think it shows

SOME of the louder correspondents to these columns have probably come across the Rorsach test by which psychologists show someone an ink blot and ask you what you think it shows.Lo and behold, I open the Mercury last week and there's another one, a coloured blob pretending to be a marina. Looked like pruning shears to me, so psychologists please note. I asked an expert how much that marina would cost and he estimated a start price of £300million, all of which would be funded by the taxpayer locally. North Somerset cannot give planning permission for such a scheme because they don't own the mud! This is a Crown Properties situation which usually means about 10 years of public enquiries also funded by local taxpayers. From my point of view the most important point is that the scheme as shown would have no effect whatsoever on preventing threats caused by rising sea levels.When the last (Birnbeck) marina scheme sank it was because all of the yacht club commodores within striking distance made it plain that they would not use a Weston marina. Has anyone changed their mind? So you have to say that £300m plus is a hell of a lot just to accommodate the Bristol Queen.BRIAN AUSTINAlma Street, Weston

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