New Mamhead slipway gets the final approval

Mamhead slipway at the western end of the Exmouth seafront. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 0236-03-14S

Mamhead slipway at the western end of the Exmouth seafront. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 0236-03-14SH. To order your copy of this photograph go to - Credit: Archant

Building work on the slipway at Mamhead is to begin this summer after district councillors gave final approval.

Construction of a replacement slipway was given consent at the latest East Devon District Council (EDDC) cabinet meeting.

The facility will provide an improved access point to the Exe Estuary for water users, according to an officer’s report.

Detailed design work on the project is due to be completed later this month and building work could begin as early as June.

A council officer’s report said construction needs to be conducted in the summer months to avoid conflict with over-wintering birds.

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Councillor Andrew Moulding said: “We are determined to get the slipway reopened as soon as possible.

“However, it is important this work is done properly to ensure a long-lasting, improved slipway is provided for water users.

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“When complete, the new slipway will encourage water users, both from Exmouth and further afield, to use the wonderful estuary, bringing more business to the town.”

The slipway was closed in 2012 after a structural survey found it was not safe for the public to use.

EDDC councillors approved the layout for the new slipway in February last year, which included manoeuvring space using Mamhead Gardens.

Planning permission was granted for the site in November 2014 and the marine licence was issued a month later.

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