Marina sports plan ‘a nightmare’, warns councillor

The applicant feels the watersports plan would benefit Portishead.

The applicant feels the watersports plan would benefit Portishead. - Credit: Archant

A watersports facility proposed for Portishead would be a ‘nightmare’, according to a district and town councillor.

Cllr David Pasley said the scheme proposed by Camel Ski School in Cornwall for the marina would have a huge impact on Portishead.

He cited problems experienced in Weston this summer as evidence as to why the idea would not benefit Portishead.

The Times revealed back in April that the water sports firm was keen on providing a static wakeboarding system at the land end of the marina, while it also hopes to put on kayaking and paddle boarding sessions.

But the idea won little backing from people living nearby and Portishead Town Council has recommended North Somerset Council refuses the application.

The watersports facility was expected to be discussed by North Somerset’s planning and regulatory committee this month but was not, so it may go before councillors on August 12. The agenda for that meeting has yet to be confirmed.

Cllr Pasley said: “We have had more than 100 objections. I have spoken to the planning officer and it would be a nightmare for parking.

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“There’s a wakeboarding scheme in Weston and we’ve noticed hundreds of people turn up from all over the place.

“They cheer on people and cause lots of noise and traffic problems.

“It would be devastating for the marina and Portishead (if the plan was approved).”

Charlie Toogood, who runs Camel Ski School, has previously told the Times that he believes the project would mean Portishead has more to offer visitors.