Two Voluntary Exclusion Zones on the Exe, at Exmouth Local Nature Reserve and Dawlish Warren National Nature Reserve have been proposed
Following public consultation meetings in December 2016 and February 2017 inviting local users of the Exe Estuary to help inform the review of codes of conduct and zonation on the Exe, the Exe Estuary Management Partnership (EEMP) are inviting local users to share their views on the revisions of exclusion zones in a further series of public consultation meetings.
With the wide variety of activities taking place on the Exe, the EEMP is working with local users and communities to strike a balance between the interests of different user groups and wildlife, to keep users safe and to protect the environment.
As well as the revision of codes of conduct, two proposed Voluntary Exclusion Zones (VEZs) on the Exe, at Exmouth Local Nature Reserve and Dawlish Warren National Nature Reserve, will also be discussed.
The Royal Yachting Association (RYA) welcomes the invitation for local users to attend the public consultation meetings however it continues to have concerns over the proposals being presented for new voluntary exclusions on the Exe.
‘One of the concerns we have raised is a lack of consideration of the safety requirements for recreational boaters when designing the exclusion zones, including the need to shelter from strong tides and weather, tidal windows for transit through areas, exit points and training needs for novice participants’, said Emma Barton, RYA planning and environmental manager.
‘We have met with EEMP and a number of proposals were discussed in order to address these safety concerns, including changes to ensure that access could continue in areas important for boaters on the Exe.
‘We have similar concerns regarding lack of engagement on the proposed new codes of conduct, safety implications and lack of understanding of participants needs with regards to these proposals.’
The public consultation meetings are as follows:
- Tonight, 16 March, 6pm: River & Canal User Group – Haven Banks Outdoor Education Centre, Exeter
- 22 March, 10am: Kitesurfers / Windsurfers / SUP – The Beach House, Exmouth
- 22 March, 2pm: Canoeing / Kayaking / SUP – Exe Sailing Club, Exmouth
- 23 March, 7pm: Exmouth Chamber of Trade & Commerce
- 27 March: Power Boat and Water Ski – TBC
- 28 March, 2pm: Dog Walkers – Exminster Victory Hall
There are two further large events where all are welcome:
- 29 March, 7.30pm: Public Consultation Event, Exminster Victory Hall: the final large event to provide your feedback into amended zones
- 4 May, 6pm: Post-Consultation Event, County Hall: to see the final zones and find out why they have been agreed – BOOKING ESSENTIAL
If you wish to attend any of the meetings, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm.
Details from the Zonation Consultation can be found here https://www.exe-estuary.org/national-and-local-consultations. More detail will be added to the EEMP website as and when additional information becomes available.
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