ST IVES Sailing Club has moved to clarify comments on Cornwall Council's demands for increased rental fees for the club's boat pen.
For years the club has rented a caged space on the authority-owned Sloop car park. Last year they were told they must start to pay a rent more reflecting what the council could make out of putting parking spaces there.
During months of negotiations the club has maintained a dignified silence.
Last week The Cornishman reported it had launched a campaign via its website to rally support and pressure Cornwall Council to compromise. In a post on The Cornishman website following the story, Simon Ashmore said it had not sought to launch a full campaign as negotiations were still to be concluded.
He wrote: "We still hope for a compromise without escalation, but are quite prepared to fight our corner if required.
"A 600 per cent hike was their first suggestion based, we were told by them but without substantiation, on revenue they felt achievable from parking. Their latest proposal of £2,500 is, we agree, a fair commercial rent for a boat pen of this size, but not a discount."