Pill Park's £130,000 revamp to begin soon to promote sailing in Portishead

PUBLISHED: 07:00 05 April 2019

Pill Park which could be having an artificial beach being put in to help boats get down to the waterfront.

Pill Park which could be having an artificial beach being put in to help boats get down to the waterfront.

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A £130,000 project to promote watersports in Portishead will begin this month.

An artist's impression of the council's plans for Pill Park.An artist's impression of the council's plans for Pill Park.

A slipway for small boats will be created at the shallow end of Pill Park at the south of the marina after North Somerset Council finalised plans to improve sailing facilities.

The authority has worked with Portishead Yacht and Sailing Club, Portishead Pilot Gig Club and Quay Marinas – which controls the water area – to create plans for a new ramp and steps and a small public seating area to view the activity in the dock.

Fixed platform public launch areas, which will allow for easy access to the water for small craft like canoes and paddle boards, plus a small slipway for the town’s boating clubs will also be created.

Disabled sailors will also benefit from improved equipment, with a manual hoist to assist access to boats available from the clubs.

A boat store on council-owned land close to the launch area was recently completed, and the authority hopes the new facilities boost participation amongst youngsters.

EJ McGrath has been contracted by the council to complete the work, which will begin before the end of the month.

The council expects the work to take two months to complete, with hopes it will be open for the summer.

A council spokesman said: “We are very pleased this facility will provide new watersports activities for young people including those with disabilities.

“It is a great use of the land which has been unused and in need of tidying up.

“Members of the public and local residents living in the waterfront homes will be able to watch sailing, water-boarding and canoeing, and it will be good to see young people enjoying the pleasures of water sports in the centre of Portishead.

“Special attention has been given to providing safe disabled use and we are grateful to various individuals including the late Charles Murphy who have contributed to these considerations.

“The boat storage park on the nearby grassed area has recently been completed in advance of the construction of the new slipway.

“We are delighted a local company employing local people has been selected from the tender process. It should be completed in time for this summer season.”

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