Quay residents propose four-point jet ski plan
PUBLISHED: 08:41 18 August 2015 | UPDATED: 08:41 18 August 2015
Marina residents insist that they have ‘no quarrel’ with most water users and do not want ‘boats and surfboards’ banned from Belsher’s Slipway.
District bosses are considering imposing a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) on Belsher’s Slipway, Shelley Beach and the smaller Cockle Beach.
A PSPO can ban activities or target individuals.
Exmouth Quay Residents’ Association (EQRA) says some owners of jet skis - also known as personal water craft (PWCs) - are noisy when launching and recovering their craft and they want them launched elsewhere. They object to users driving onto the beach to launch their craft and they are concerned about the dangers of speeding PWCs near swimmers and snorklers.
East Devon District Council (EDDC) has set up two online questionnaires, one for users and another for residents.
The results will help EDDC decide whether to impose a PSPO.
Chairman of the EQRA John Eggleton said: “We are not seeking any confrontation with water users, but the consultation based on separate questionnaires immediately implies an ‘us and them’ situation.
“We have no quarrel with the great majority, but some PWC users have caused serious problems by ignoring existing regulations and the voluntary code of practice suggested and put in place by the authorities.”
The EQRA suggest a four-point plan:
● Byelaws for both beaches so that people know what they can and cannot do
● The enforcement of the 10 knot estuary speed limit
● A PWC launch facility close to the jet ski area off Orcombe Point
● A proper investigation of a registration and licensing regime for PWCs to include identification, a suitable age and training requirement for a licence and a contribution to the costs of running the estuary properly.
Mr Eggleton said the ‘poor wording’ of an EDDC leaflet implied they wanted all ‘water craft’ banned. “We have never advocated banning all water users from Belsher’s Slipway and the Shelly Beaches, that would be ridiculous,” he said.
“That said, we do believe that jet skis should be launched elsewhere.
“Good management on the estuary is not just about a PSPO, but such an order would be at least a step in the right direction.”