Marina businessman sues yacht club for defamation

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A businessman working on the £500 million regeneration of Granton harbour is suing a historic yacht club there, the Evening News can reveal.

Charles Price has brought defamation proceedings against the club and its commodore, Adrian Shield, at Edinburgh Sheriff Court.

Court papers show Mr Price is claiming £20,000 plus interest after claiming to have been defamed in a letter sent by Mr Shield to his firm PIP Asset Management.

London-based PIP manage the yacht club’s tenancy from landlords Granton Central Developments.

The alleged defamation relates to Mr Shield questioning charges made to the club by PIP as a “scam”. Both he and the club contest the claim.

“Statements complained of by the pursuer being false and calumnious, he is entitled to damages,” reads the court record.

“The sum sued for being reasonable, decree should be granted therefore as craved.” The hearing continues next month.

The club and Mr Shield deny defaming Mr Price and describe the letter as “substantially true” in court papers.

“In any event, the sum sued for being excessive Decree should be refused,” they add.

Jersey-based Granton Central Development’s harbour plans include a 300-berth marina and 2000 new homes as well as a hotel and shops.

Hailed as “the focal point” of Granton’s regeneration, Edinburgh Marina will become the first new marina next to a 
capital city in Europe for 
decades. Work is expected to start this year and could be completed by 2019.

Plans include a new sea wall while the firm predicts 900 permanent jobs and a boost to the Capital’s economy.

Planning permission for the first stage marks the culmination of more than 13 years of proposals for the harbour.

Redevelopment stalled since initial blueprints were drawn up for a marina, hotel, flats and leisure facilities in 2003.

Plans were previously held up over fears they would obstruct a potential future tram stop in Granton.

Council planning officials said as they granted the first stage of the masterplan: “The position and design of the proposed marina building will create a sense of place. Its 
modern and contemporary design, together with its setting adjacent to the water, would make a positive contribution to the area.

“Planning consent has been sought for the next stages of the development.”

The Royal Forth Yacht club was founded in 1868 as Granton Yacht Club by 26 sailors.

HRH the Princess Royal is currently club patron and members formed a flotilla as the Queen officially opened the Queensferry Crossing earlier this month.

The club offers serviced moorings and ferry service, boat storage, a clubhouse with bar and full racing programme for yachts and dinghies.

Attempts to contact Mr Shield yesterday were unsuccessful. Mr Price refused to 
discuss the ongoing case.