Councillors to vote on Portishead marina plan

Portishead Marina.

Portishead Marina. - Credit: Archant

A watersports facility for Portishead marina has been recommended for approval by planners at North Somerset Council.

The scheme put forward by Camel Ski School includes a static wakeboarding system and it hopes to run kayaking and paddle boarding sessions too.

However, since the proposal was revealed by the Times in April, more than 100 objections have been submitted to North Somerset Council’s planning department.

The key concerns are over noise issues, proximity to homes and the lack of changing facilities. Portishead Town Council also said it was an ‘inadequate location for a watersport’.

However, North Somerset Council’s officers believe the scheme should be granted planning permission, subject to conditions.

It outlines eight measures it would like to see introduced, including noise limit restrictions and only allowing the facility to be used from 9am-7pm.

The council’s report says a wakeboarding facility ‘will not have any measurable effect on localised traffic volumes or safety’.

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Camel Ski School expects the system to be used by up to 25 people a day in the peak season.

It expects users to park at the nearby leisure centre or use on-street parking.

Four full-time and two part-time jobs will be created, if the scheme is approved, according to the planning documents.

The final decision will be made by North Somerset Council’s planning and regulatory committee today (Wednesday) at Weston Town Hall. The meeting will start at 2.30pm.