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

43 minutes ago

Artist Anna Fitzgerald, of Seadog Gallery, in Gussiford Lane, Exmouth, is calling for a bra army of support; she needs 4,000 over-shoulder-boulder-holder donations for the display, which will celebrate the suffragette movement and women winning the right to vote.

Read more
11:04

There’s good news for Exmouth’s Famous Old Barrel pub, which has been closed since last October.

Read more

“We are going to find it very hard to balance our books without changing things significantly. We need teachers, but all the other things schools do – all the things that are not our statutory responsibility – we are looking at cutting. We are talking about the life chances of children being damaged,” said Exmouth’s Exeter Road head teacher Paul Gosling.

Read more

Devon and Cornwall residents are being polled on whether they would pay another £12 a year to ‘protect frontline policing’.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:28

The council has teamed up with South West Ambulance and will invest £5,000 in the life saving equipment.

Read more

Chris Wright, whose family used to run Exmouth Fun Park before eviction in September last year, has critised EDDC over a planned £150,000 temporary play park on the site in Queen’s Drive.

Read more
Yesterday, 10:44

Aaron Mills, of Capel Lane, pleaded guilty at Exeter Magistrates Court to criminal damage at Fever and Boutiqpue Nightclub, in The Parade.

Read more
Tue, 17:52

Christopher Jackson, 23, of Staple Mews, was caught with a Glock pistol-styled BB gun by door staff outside Fever and Boutique Nightclub, magistrates told.

Read more
Tue, 17:29

Nathaniel Darby, 23, of Nelson Drive, admitted possession of the controlled drug at Exeter Magistrates Court.

Read more
Tue, 17:21

More than 1,200 tonnes of rubbish was recycled in East Devon over Christmas and New Year - the equivalent of six blue whales.

Read more

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 2°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

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications