Exe exclusion zone consultation extended

PUBLISHED: 09:43 07 April 2017 | UPDATED: 09:43 07 April 2017

An area of the Exe Estuary could be off limits to human activities

An area of the Exe Estuary could be off limits to human activities

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A consultation on plans to ban ‘human activity’ from a section of the Exe Estuary has been extended.

Exe Estuary Management Partnership (EEMP) is proposing a voluntary winter exclusion zone from the Duck Pond, near the Imperial Recreation Ground, to Lympstone on the Exmouth side of the estuary. EEMP claims the proposals are to protect ‘rare and vulnerable’ wildlife.

A public consultation has been extended until Friday, April 28, folllowing a clash of dates over two important public meetings.

A spokesman said: “This provides a golden opportunity to be able to talk to more people about their views.”

If given the go-ahead, human activity - such as dog walking, sailing and canoeing - will be banned from that section of the estuary from October to December each year.

The plan has drawn opposition from watersports groups, which claim the exclusion zone will have a detrimental impact on their safety.

Emma Barton, Royal Yachting Association planning and environmental manager, said: “One of the concerns we have raised is a lack of consideration of the safety requirements for recreational boaters when designing the exclusion zones, including the need to shelter from strong tides and weather, tidal windows for transit through areas, exit points and training needs for novice participants.”

A consultation questionnaire can be found at https://www.exe-estuary.org/national-and-local-consultations

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