Kite-surfing compromise

A NEW code of conduct for Exmouth s kite surfers is being drawn up in a compromise, following the sports recent ban on the Imperial Recreation Ground.

A NEW code of conduct for Exmouth's kite surfers is being drawn up in a compromise, following the sports recent ban on the Imperial Recreation Ground.

In July East Devon District Council, at the behest of the Beach Safety Officer, put up a sign saying 'No power kites over 2m; no kite buggies; no kite boards' without consulting the town hall.

This followed a 'risk assessment' by the Council's beach safety officer after a number of complaints from members of the public about the danger of power, buggy and board kites.

However this prompted an angry response from users of the site including Exmouth's world champion kite surfer Steph Bridge.


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And users, the town council and ward members were angered when the ban was made without debate.

But since they, with new Chamber of Trade Chairman Nigel Wilkinson - a keen kite surfer - have been in negotiations.

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It is hoped new guidelines based on British Kitesurfing Association guidelines will get the right balance between health and safety and Exmouth's reputation as being one of the top training grounds for the sport in the country.

Town clerk John Wokersien said on Monday at the town hall meeting that the new rules should be put before the district council's executive by November: "It was recognised that the health and safety concerns needed to be addressed.

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