Exmouth's Mamhead Slipway officially opened

PUBLISHED: 16:01 04 August 2017

Official opening of Mamhead Slipway. Pictured from left to right: EDDC chief executive Mark Williams, EDDC chairman Councillor Andrew Moulding, East Devon MP Sir Hugo Swire, Councillor Jeff Trail, Councillor John Humphreys.

Official opening of Mamhead Slipway. Pictured from left to right: EDDC chief executive Mark Williams, EDDC chairman Councillor Andrew Moulding, East Devon MP Sir Hugo Swire, Councillor Jeff Trail, Councillor John Humphreys.

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Exmouth's new £1.5million Mamhead Slipway has been officially opened.

The ribbon cutting ceremony for the slipway, which first opened to water users last December, was carried out by East Devon MP Sir Hugo Swire.

The old slipway was closed for safety reasons in 2012, and subsequently demolished as East Devon District Council (EDDC) decided to build a new facility.

The majority of the work was funded by EDDC, with Devon County Council contributing £275,000.

The new slipway is wide enough for two boats to be launched next to each other, and has more space for vehicles with trailers to manoeuvre.

There is also an off-road area for boats to be prepared, and a new layout allowing slipway users to drive forward into the site rather than having to reverse with their trailers at right angles on the highway.

The slipway is also longer than the previous slipway, which used to be exposed at low tide.

Speaking at the official opening, Sir Hugo said: “This is a wonderful new space for water users and is a huge asset to the town.”

EDDC chairman Councillor Andrew Moulding, said that the slipway had been a complex project, but one that was extremely successful.

He said: “The slipway marks a milestone in the council’s ongoing plans to improve the town’s seafront. This is a positive investment from the district council for the town and it will pay dividends, both economically and environmentally.”

Councillor John Humphreys, speaking on behalf of Exmouth Town Council, said: “This new facility sets Exmouth up for many decades to come. It will enhance life for local people – individuals, the water skiing and power boat clubs – as well as our much valued visitors.

“Yes, it is a leisure benefit but also has economic benefits as it significantly improves what Exmouth has to offer our all-important visitors.”

Councillor Stuart Hughes, Devon County Council’s cabinet member for highway management, said: “I’m pleased we’ve been able to work with EDDC on this important investment.

“It’s a great asset to help maritime businesses in Exmouth, and the scheme has created more manoeuvring space off the highway for vehicles accessing the slipway.”

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