Slipway car alert

PUBLISHED: 16:03 09 August 2008 | UPDATED: 09:27 10 June 2010

SATURDAY, AUGUST 9: COMPLAINTS over water users' anti-social behaviour at Shelly Beach could lead to new byelaws limiting public rights of way and, eventually, a new Exmouth slipway. A District Council report due to be heard by councillors last night paved the way for planni

COMPLAINTS over water users' anti-social behaviour at Shelly Beach could lead to new byelaws limiting public rights of way and, eventually, a new Exmouth slipway.A District Council report due to be heard by councillors last night paved the way for planning to go ahead on a launch for public boats near the new RNLI station at the entrance to Queens Drive.Calls for new development and action over rights of way were launched by the Exmouth Quay Residents' Association, in dialogue with the council for several months after highlighting problems at Shelly Beach.Complaints have centred on vehicles using Belshers Slipway, causing dangers for pedestrians using the area. Residents also complained about vehicles clogging up the beach as boats are launched.Questions remain over the council's ability to enforce any byelaw passed for the beach, while Devon County Council would become involved should rights of way be addressed.An EDDC forum looked into the issue as recently as 2003, and any action on sourcing a new slipway would go out to consultation. A report which went before the EDDC executive board last night recommended a serious study into a new Queens Drive slipway.

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