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The Avon Estuary Patrol – 2019

Following an outcry at the Avon Estuary Forum in 2018 and some intensive lobbying by the Aune Conservation Association (ACA),   we managed to reverse the SHDC decision to withdraw the Avon Patrol.    We believe this service is vital to maintain the safety and security of recreational estuary users during the summer months of July, August and September,  especially given the upsurge in popularity of kayaking, canoeing, paddle boarding, wild swimming, etc.   over the last few years.

 

Discussions about the nature of an agreement to underpin the patrol have been going on since February 2019 but the long-awaited drafting of a formal contract by SHDC legal services has galvanised thinking and we have now arrived at a situation similar to what existed in the past i.e. a contract to provide the service between SHDC (customer) and the Bantham Estate (provider) with voluntary annual contributions of £500 each from the Avon Valley Waterski Club, the ACA  and the Duchy of Cornwall being made to the Bantham Estate.   SHDC will contribute £2500/year.  The total annual cost will be £4000 and the contract will run for 5 years after which it will be reviewed.

 

SHDC-licensed Bantham Estate staff and licensed boats are out on the water on a very frequent basis and will report regularly to the Salcombe Harbourmaster about the conduct of the patrol and any necessary  interventions with the public to uphold the byelaws.    Bantham Estate started operating the patrol in July this year, prior to the contractual details being finalised,  as an act of good faith.

 

Whilst the ACA, like the other groups, is very pleased about this outcome,  the increased contribution represents a very considerable chunk of our reserves over a 5-year period.  Unlike the other contributing groups, the ACA as an environmental conservation charity does not have any regular source of income and the extra £250 is a large sum for us to find on an ongoing basis for the altruistic purpose of conserving this very important recreational and tourism asset for the general public.   Therefore, we shall need to consider how to continue funding this valuable service in the longer term.   Our participation in the  South Hams Lottery  is one new source of extra funds and if you would like to help us to keep the estuary safe and secure, whilst standing a chance of winning some prize money,  you could make a donation via the following link - https://www.seamoorlotto.co.uk/support/aune-conservation-association

 

Thank you for your support.

ACA update from 2019 AGM

For an update on our activities over the past year (2018-2019), please click on the following link:-

June 2019 Newsletter

General Data Protection Regulations – membership restriction eliminated

Our compliance with GDPR in 2018 meant that our lifetime membership numbers dramatically fell owing to a widespread lack of response from members to positively indicate an interest in continued membership of the ACA.  At our 2019 AGM it was generally agreed that the Association had over-reacted to GDPR.  Therefore our policy will be changed.

Henceforth, any of our original lifetime members will need to send an email to the Chairman to withdraw from membership: go to About ACA tab>Contact Us and enter details of your request

 

Devon Avon Estuary designated as a Marine Conservation Zone

Defra has  announced (31 May 2019) the designation of the third tranche of Marine Conservation Zones (MCZs). All 41 new sites and the addition of new features to 12 existing MCZs proposed during last summer’s consultation are now designated.

I am sure you will be pleased to know that the Avon Estuary has been included in the designation in order to protect the features summarised below.   Thank goodness for the Tentacled Lagoon Worm, which you – like me – had probably never encountered!  I can’t help feeling that the entire exercise is a damp squib but time and future planning applications may prove me wrong.

The designation is described and briefly reviewed in the following document:-

DEVON_AVON MCZ

 


 

The government’s response to the consultation, outlining the evidence received and explaining the decisions taken on each site, can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/marine-conservation-zones-third-tranche-of-designations and full details of all sites are available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/marine-conservation-zone-designations-in-england.

Bantham ‘Swoosh’ event in the estuary – take note, please, boat owners!

We wanted to once again notify you of the Swoosh swimming event which will be taking place on Saturday 6th July 2019 with swimmers entering the water at Aveton Gifford from 9.20am and exiting at Bantham Beach by 12.05pm.
We are once again working very closely with Aveton Gifford Parish Council and the Bantham Estate on the event. We’ll be having another 6 swimmers fundraising again this year for the Aveton Gifford Community Swimming Pool.
If you’d like any further information about the event please let me know.
Many thanks
Abi

Abi Moores (née Edgar)
The Outdoor Swimming Society
Tel. 07859 970709