The salvaging of the Russian wood from the foreshore has certainly opened up some opinion both for and against, with those against resorting to direct insults. The national media has resorted to the use of the word “scavengers” and on a previous posting one anon even refers to the “low life Thanet”. I just find it incredible that passions can run high over what is nothing more than driftwood. To be honest I cannot see what their problem is and as far as I am concerned someone taking driftwood is fair game. Such comments like this are typical of this middle class opinion that runs through the Southeast of England and is nothing more than snobbery, come to think of it the only thing we in Thanet have in common with the rest of the Southeast is geography. People who live inland just do not understand coastal ways and historically salvaging is something that has gone on for centuries and will carry on for many more. Maritime law can be a complex thing but the right to salvage is not illegal.
On another point, Thanet District Council, the Police and Coastguards did exactly what they should do in times like this and put public safety first . It was important to clear Ramsgate beach first as TDC had a duty of care for the outer marina in Ramsgate Harbour, just imagine the outcome if all that wood had ended up in the outer marina.
As far as I am concerned it is up to the individual what they do regarding the wood providing it is not motivated by greed.