Sell off part of beach in Seaton

PUBLISHED: 11:27 20 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:32 15 June 2010

If East Devon District Council is worried about issuing licences for boats at Seaton beach on health and safety grounds, then maybe there are two thoughts to examine. It was reported recently that all beaches in our area are under consideration with the e

If East Devon District Council is worried about issuing licences for boats at Seaton beach on health and safety grounds, then maybe there are two thoughts to examine.It was reported recently that all beaches in our area are under consideration with the exception of Branscombe. This beach was exempt because it is owned by the National Trust. Well, number one suggestion is for East Devon District Council to sell the beach or part of it around Fisherman's Gap to private enterprise. For sure there would be someone, or a consortium, who would love to have the opportunity to take control of and issue a licence for fishing boats, which have been so much a part of the Seaton's heritage. The risks, after all, for operating boats off the beach must be low for permission would only be granted to those fishermen with suitable experience and a good safety record.Number two suggestion relates to my understanding that the Crown owns the beach up to the high water level and, since the sea virtually comes up to the wall when the tide is fully in, then perhaps permission for laving boats on the beach should be granted by Her Majesty the Queen and EDDC can be left out of the equation.Michael PritchardKnap Orchard Combpyne Road Musbury

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