& Kingsbridge Estuary ASSOCIATION
Issues which have been of particularly interests to members in the past and which have resulted in strong representations being made, include:-
· The original 1987 proposals for the development of the Kingsbridge Barrage (dam and lock gates etc.).
· Representations to the Nature Conservancy Council concerning a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
· The development of the Normandy Pontoon landings.
· The planned development of a block of six modern flats on the waters edge between Rockside and the Marine Hotel Salcombe.
· The development of the Coal Yard, Embankment, Kingsbridge into a large block of flats
· The publication of the Estuary Management Plan.
· Representations to the South West Water Authority on improvements to bathing water quality within the estuary.
· The allocation of an area in the estuary, for a trial period designated for water skiing.
· Input to the South Hams and Devon County Development Plans.
· Representation and input to the Salcombe and Kingsbridge Conservation Forum.
· The creation of the Salcombe Castle Preservation Association, which is actively involved in the extensive repair work to the Castle.
· The ongoing involvement of the Harbour 5-year operating plan.
· Charges for the use of boats in the Harbour.
· A proposal to introduce new Local Nature Reserve Byelaws that would have outlawed many of the traditional activities on the estuary which have been enjoyed by many generations.
Recently the Ports Division of the Department of Transport published a guide of good practice, which applies to all UK ports. They have also completed a review of Trust Ports. Currently there is a review in progress of Local Authority Ports, which includes Salcombe. There may well be issues arising from this review that are of interest to Estuary user groups.
Membership of the SKEA is open to all persons and organisations concerned in the use and or the conservation of the estuary and its environs There are normally four meetings each year, and these are held in the Salcombe Yacht Club, on an evening during the week preceding the Harbour Committee meetings. The agenda normally includes a review of the minutes of the last Harbour Committee, and the agenda items for the next meeting.