“A large majority of residents were in favour.”
Reimagining the seafront at Sidmouth could involve something a little more creative and actually quite useful.
This could include a jetty or pier for a regular ferry service, a lagoon created by a third offshore island, safer anchorage for passing sailing craft, and all sorts of offshore interest and activity:
The Vision Group for Sidmouth was founded in part to address the issue of ‘what to do with Port Royal’ and its 2006 Report covered several proposals:
A large majority (more than 9-to-1) of residents were in favour of a pier or jetty at Port Royal. In the commercial survey, 50% of responses felt that a jetty or quay would improve their business.
This was largely updated in the Port Royal Steering Group’s report of 2010/12:
Investigate a jetty or reef but not a full-blown marina (see Appendix 1.2)
Install a jetty as dock for Lyme Bay water bus and other shallow draft vessels
Back in the spring of 2013, the town council applied for funding for a jetty at Port Royal – to facilitate a “waterborne transport system”, aka a ferry, along the Jurassic Coast
However, the application didn’t work out:
Then in late 2015, an architecture competition was launched to look afresh at Port Royal and its shoreline:
And the winner was… a jetty:
Then there was the controversial Port Royal Scoping Study in 2015/16:
There were proposals in 2017 to spend developers’ funds on… a jetty/pier
And there was the putting together of the Neighbourhood Plan:
A skate park and water park featured repeatedly, as did a pier or jetty, and they said any development of Port Royal should consider the needs of teenagers and young adults for social engagement, and sports and leisure facilities.
Sid Valley Consultation
The special identity of the area as a place which connects the sea and the natural environment gives rise to the overwhelming support 92% of respondents give to the area as a focus for sea based activities and in promoting the fishing heritage (89%) of the town. This view is further emphasised by the 82% support for a pier or jetty. (Second Residents Survey: Executive Summary Page 9)
All of which is connected:
Futures Forum: The Neighbourhood Plan connected to > The Port Royal scoping report connected to > The Beach Management Plan connected to > The Re-imagining Port Royal architecture competition >>> “We should look at everything that’s currently on the table and try to do some joined up thinking!”