(Councillors Clark and Stockley made voluntary declarations that they were
members of the Seaside Byelaws Task and Finish Group. Councillor Carnac made a voluntary announcement
that she was a recreational boat user.)
Director of Community Services introduced the report which set out
the findings of the Seaside Byelaws Task and Finish
She explained that the last review of the two
existing byelaws - ‘Seaside Pleasure Boats (Section 76 of the
Public Health Act 1961) and ‘Public Bathing’ (Section
231 of the Public Health Act 1936) (Appendix 1) had been undertaken
in 1995 and there had been significant changes in behaviour and
equipment since then.
The Review had taken 18 months and had
involved a number of consultations and stakeholder
events. Over 500 people had responded
to the consultation. Further work would
be undertaken to investigate licensing of powered craft and
charging for launch ramps but this would not delay the application
to make the new byelaws.
Councillors thanked officers for the report
which was felt to be fair to all water users. The introduction of an 8 knot speed limit would
make the sea more secure for swimmers, and it was felt that the
rationale for changes was clear.
Matthew Young, Foreshore Manager explained
that although no additional enforcement resources had been
allocated, staffing resources were focussed around events, good
weather and good tides. He added that
clear signage was already being prepared in readiness of approval
from the Secretary of State.
In response to a question, the Foreshore
Manager advised that the legally required review process for
amending a byelaw took a great deal of time, but that the service would continue to review any
amendments, their effectiveness and suitability.
Three options were present in the report:
Option 1 – Retain the arrangement of the
Option 2 – Proceed with Task and Finish
Group recommended amendments to the Byelaws (recommended)
Option 3 – Task and Finish Group to
review the proposed amendments to the byelaws.
Option 2 was proposed, seconded and when put
to a vote unanimously agreed.
RECOMMENDED (to Full Council) – that the
findings of the Review be accepted and that the amendments to the
Byelaws proposed by the Seaside Byelaws Task and Finish Group be
Reason for the decision: A
comprehensive review had been completed and the proposals meet
changes in the nature of activities that take place on our
coastline and are proportionate for those affected. The proposed amendments had support from
stakeholders, users and residents.
Record of voting:
For the proposal (12):
Butcher, Carnac, Clark, Cornell, Dawkins, Flack, Howes, M
Jones-Roberts, Maslin, Sole and I Stockley.
Against proposal/abstained/away for voting