Clevedon slipway work stalls as council denies ownership

PUBLISHED: 09:00 20 February 2017

Minor repairs have been carried out to the slipway.

Minor repairs have been carried out to the slipway.

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Clevedon Sailing Club is locked in a dispute over the ownership of a damaged slipway.

Both the sailing club and gig club have carried out minor repairs to the slipway which has been hit hard by winter storms over the past few years.

The groups have approached North Somerset Council about funding a long-term solution, but the authority says it has no ownership over the launching section of the slipway.

Mark Crosby, sailing club trustee, said: “We believe the repair work carried out by the sailing club will continue to allow local people and visitors to carry on using the slipway in the short term – but it needs a longer-term strategy to protect and enhance it for the future.

“The district council’s decision to claim ownership of just the top section of the slipway in 2005 has left the launch area without an official owner, with the result that raising money from funding sources is virtually impossible.

“This is despite the fact that there is a large North Somerset Council sign at the top of the slipway setting out the rules for its use.

“We aren’t looking for a fight over this – simply a common sense discussion with councillors to agree what should be done to protect the slipway for the hundreds of people who use it throughout the year.”

A North Somerset Council spokesman added: “Only a small portion of the slipway at the landward end comes under council ownership.

“This is an important feature of the seafront and we would support improvements, however, our budgets are extremely limited so it would not be possible at the moment to fund any works on our section of the slipway.”


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