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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

New Year 2019 – Tidal Road clean up

For various reasons (mostly poor weather) it’s been some time since our last clean up around the Tidal Road but I am currently planning another for Sunday 6th January 2019 at 11.00am to coincide with Low Water.  I hope you will be able to come along and join in.  Please tell your friends or, better still, bring them along.
We usually have one group starting from Timbers car park  at AG to work downstream towards the stakes at Milburn Orchard and another starting from the Milburn Orchard car park, working back to AG.     Subsequently, a congenial meeting of the two teams in the Fisherman’s Rest would be a good way to start the afternoon.
I’ll be issuing further details nearer the time but please mark this date in your diary.