Beach Management Plan: a history of proposing a jetty

“A large majority of residents were in favour.”

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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:

Beach Management Plan: creating appealing public spaces – Vision Group for Sidmouth

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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.

The original Vision Group report – Vision Group for Sidmouth

Futures Forum: Plans for Port Royal: VGS and PRSG

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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

Development Brief Cover Sheet-2

Development Brief Spring 2012-2

Appendices 1 & 2 – Spring 2012

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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

Futures Forum: Plans for Port Royal: waterborne transport and a jetty

However, the application didn’t work out:

Futures Forum: Plans for Port Royal: “Let’s hope the new year brings forward a solution to the eastern town.”

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Then in late 2015, an architecture competition was launched to look afresh at Port Royal and its shoreline:

Futures Forum: Plans for Port Royal: complete the online questionnaire

Futures Forum: Plans for Port Royal and the Eastern Town >>> “We will get it right.”

Futures Forum: Plans for Port Royal and the Eastern Town >>> architecture competition underway to re-imagine Port Royal

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And the winner was… a jetty:

Futures Forum: Plans for Port Royal and the Eastern Town >>> architecture competition to re-imagine Port Royal >>> winning design chosen

Futures Forum: Plans for Port Royal and the Eastern Town >>> architecture competition to re-imagine Port Royal >>> winning design chosen >>> Architects’ Journal report

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Then there was the controversial Port Royal Scoping Study in 2015/16:

PORT ROYAL SCOPING STUDY & CONSULTATION

Futures Forum: Plans for Port Royal: presenting the evidence

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There were proposals in 2017 to spend developers’ funds on… a jetty/pier

Futures Forum: Community Infrastructure Levy projects considered at Town Council > reports

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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.

Futures Forum: Neighbourhood Plan: survey for the Valley’s youth >>> calling for more wide-ranging jobs and facilities for young people

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)

A NEIGHBOURHOOD PLAN FOR THE SID VALLEY 2018-2032

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All of which is connected:

Futures Forum: Plans for Port Royal: anticipating a Regeneration Board >>> a summary of the issues

Futures Forum: Plans for Port Royal: anticipating a Regeneration Board >> Scoping Study consultation > Vision Group report 2012

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!”

   
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