Stranded on the water

PUBLISHED: 14:31 10 August 2012

Mamhead Paul Diviani

Mamhead Paul Diviani

Archant

The closure of a seafront slipway could leave scores of boats stranded in the Exe which would prove ‘catastrophic’ to tourism.

The warning has come from Ed Hughes, of the Exe Power Boat and Ski Club, after the Mamhead Slipway, at the western end of the Esplanade was closed last week because it could ‘give way at any time’.

A routine inspection by Royal HaskoningDHV divers, commissioned by East Devon District Council, found a small hole in the surface of the slipway, which was thought could signal a larger hole.

It was feared that end of the slipway could collapse and fall by as much as two metres.

Keith Steel, EDDC’s chief engineer, concluded that the slipway would have to be closed immediately.

Mr Hughes said: “For health and safety reasons this is the correct decision. However, it is catastrophic for Exmouth and its boating and tourism, coming at the start of what is probably the busiest month of the year for its use.”

He said the absence of this vital exit had implications for any vessel in difficulties needing to use it: “It is the only place you can launch anything other than smallish boats.

“The real problem is that there are more than 2,000 boats moored on the Exe.

“Certainly not all of them use the Mamhead, and some can use Belshers Slipway, and there are things that can be done so that could be used.”

He also suggested that work on the Imperial Recreation Ground be postponed so the slipway there could be used.

“Boats over 20ft in length would struggle to use Belshers, and they might go to Teignmouth or Lyme Regis instead.”

EDDC leader Paul Diviani, said: “We are meeting this week with our technical consultants to understand what the options are for repairing the slipway, especially in terms of timescales and cost.

“We will also look at other potential water access solutions. Once we have all the information we need, we will decide what action to take.

“We will do all we can to ensure that facilities are in place for Exmouth’s many holidaymakers, especially with such heightened interest in water sports.”

An EDDC spokesman said: “We are holding discussions with the Water Users’ Group next week and Mr Hughes has confirmed he will be attending that meeting.”

Other News Stories

A 22-year-old man from Exmouth who sent sexts - explicit texts - to an underage girl, has been handed a suspended jail sentence and ordered to attend a sex offenders’ programme and rehabilitation by a judge at Exeter Crown Court

Read more
8 minutes ago

An Exmouth park has been targeted by vandals who sprayed ‘obscene’ graffiti over paths and play equipment

Read more
33 minutes ago

The developer behind a proposed watersports centre on Exmouth seafront says investigative work it has carried out at the site will inform its latest plans.

Read more

Exmouth House Residential Home, in Long Causeway, has officially opened its new dementia sensory garden, after months of hard work and fundraising.

Read more

Exmouth beach turned classroom for Beacon Primary School pupils taking part in RNLI Hit the Surf sessions

Read more
13:15

New measures aimed at cracking down on antisocial behaviour in Exmouth town centre, including drug taking and aggressive begging, have come into force.

Read more

Town will go to the polls in September, at the Public Hall, to decide whether to accept the plan.

Read more
16:10

Planning guidelines for selected villages in East Devon, including Woodbury and East Budleigh, have reached a crucial stage in their planned implementation.

Read more

An East Devon District councillor said an overhaul of rules was needed for campervan’s overnight parking on the sea front.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:00

A Budleigh Salterton couple who run a Fore Street delicatessen have spoken of their joy at Taste of the West award.

Read more

Comments have been disabled on this article.

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 23°C

min temp: 13°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel


Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications