Shoreham Slipways Group Campaigning for usable slipways on the river Adur

Shoreham Slipways Group



 

Documents supporting the need for a Public Slipway, with parking, in Shoreham

 

A considerable amount of effort has been expended across many studies into how best to improve the economics and social facilities in Shoreham. These studies were carried out by or on behalf of Adur Sustrict Council, The Environment Agency or West Sussex Council Council. All concluded that providing access to the river Adur would be of benefit to the local community.

Information supporting the need for public slipways in Shoreham

Introduction

The information below contains supporting text taken from numerous documents written by, or on behalf of, ADC, WSCC and the EA. References and links are included and the information is in reverse chronological order. As can be seen, it has long been realised that Shoreham lacks usable slipways both for use by local people and to encourage visitors to come to the area. This has both an adverse effect for the local economy and the well being of the residents. The latest report indicates that an economically priced slipway could be constructed at the Adur Recreation Ground.

Shoreham Slipway Feasibility Study

Prepared for WSCC by ch2m hill ( formerly Halcrow ) - November 2014

Link to ch2m hill report

A comprehensive report covering the background issues and considering three possible slipway sites in Shoreham. A copy is attached to this planning application ( Shoreham Slipway – Final Report ). It concludes that an effective slipway could be constructed at all three possible sites, namely the Adur Recreation Ground, Ferry Road and the Soldier's Point. However, a slipway at the Recreation Ground would offer the greatest scope for parking and the lowest cost of construction.

Taken from the Executive Summary

"All locations are considered viable but Location A – Adur Recreation Ground has emerged as the preferred option and this report recommends this site to be taken forward to design stage."

For the preferred option of Location A, the savings identified included the following: combining the scheme with the Adur Tidal Walls Sheme, removing the ( need for a ) tarmac surface from the slipway car park and replacing the stainless steel articulated slipway cables with polyester cables. Should all these savings be realised, the estimated cost for constructing a slipway at Location A is £118k (if delivered as part of the Adur Tidal Walls scheme).” Note, this estimate includes a significant contingency.


Proposed Submission Adur Local Plan 2014

Adur Area Action Plan 2014 - multiple documents

The local plan includes the following supporting texts:

Vision

V7: Adur’s character and local distinctiveness (urban and rural, coastal and countryside) will have been maintained and enhanced through protection and enhancement of its landscape, townscape, cultural heritage and biodiversity. Important views will have been protected. Much of Adur’s coastline will continue to be used for leisure and recreation, and public access to the river, harbour, countryside and coast will have been improved. Opportunities will be taken to capitalise on Adur’s location adjacent to the South Downs National Park.”

Supporting text for Policy 11: Shoreham-by-Sea

3.27 There is a need to protect the setting and views of the River Adur, to improve access to the river for walkers and cyclists, and to seek new opportunities for slipways for boats.

Policy 11: Shoreham-by-Sea

The setting of the River Adur will be protected and opportunities taken through new development and other measures to improve public access to and along the river (where consistent with this aim) and open up views to it. New development adjacent to the river must respect its location and character. Sites on the waterfront will provide new and improved access to the water including a new waterside cycle and walkway, and slipways where appropriate, in conjunction with flood defence works where necessary.”

Policy 27: The Visitor Economy

The visitor economy will be promoted through the provision of new facilities including visitor accommodation, in locations with good public transport access and within the Built Up Area. Access (including new public rights of way and slipways) to the river, the coast and the South Downs National Park should be improved where possible.

Shoreham Harbour Joint Area Action Plan
– Draft for Consultation – February 2014

Link to Harbour Joint Area Action Plan

This report provides useful historical background and recommendations for improvements.

Policy JAAP 11: Western Harbour Arm (SS4)

2.10.9

”There are a number of historic slipways and hards along the arm in varying states of repair. These slipways are owned and managed by WSCC as the highway authority up to the high water mark; by the relevant site owner between high and low water mark and by the port authority below that. Some of the slipways are now only used by light recreational craft yet contribute to the historic character of the town. All of the slipways are now unusable for modern craft and lack sufficient parking and turning space. Opportunities are being explored to improve the way Shoreham’s public slipways are maintained by the authorities and alternative locations are being identified.”

Point v

"Major waterfront development schemes will be expected to incorporate features that improve open access to the waterfront and facilities for boat users such as additional moorings, floating pontoons/docks and slipways.”

Policy JAAP 29: Facilities for Boat-users

“There are a number of historic slipways and hards along the arm in varying states of repair. These slipways are owned and managed by WSCC as the highway authority up to the high water mark; by the relevant site owner between high and low water mark and by the port authority below that. Some of the slipways are now only used by light recreational craft yet contribute to the historic character of the town. All of the slipways are now unusable for modern craft and lack sufficient parking and turning space. Opportunities are being explored to improve the way Shoreham’s public slipways are maintained by the authorities and alternative locations are being identified.”

3.9.7

“Whilst there is good provision of uses in and around the JAAP area, access is constrained in some places, and some facilities are in poor condition in need of replacement, improvement or re-provision. The Western Harbour Arm and surrounding area currently benefits from the location of a number of historic slipways and hards. Most of these are either inaccessible or dilapidated and lack sufficient parking and turning areas for trailers to make them usable. The Partnership is currently working with the Shoreham Slipways Group to identify a suitable location in the harbour for a new public slipway with sufficient space for appropriately laid out parking.”

Policy JAAP 29: Facilities for Boat-users

  • “Major waterfront development schemes, are expected to incorporate features that improve open access to the waterfront such as river inlets as well as facilities for boat users such as additional moorings, floating pontoons/docks and slipways where appropriate and in discussion with Shoreham Port Authority.

  • Development schemes that result in the loss of an existing slipway or hard and that fail to incorporate a new usable slipway (with sufficient parking/turning space) on-site may be expected to contribute towards re-provision of the facility off-site.

    Shoreham Harbour – Western Harbour Arm Development Brief
    - July 2013

    Link to Western Harbour Arm Development Brief

    The report contains multiple statements supporting the need a replacement slipway.

    3.2.3

    “All of the slipways are unusable for modern craft and lack sufficient parking and turning space. Opportunities are being explored to improve the way Shoreham’s public slipways are maintained by the authorities and alternative locations are being identified.”

    4.1.13

    “There may be scope to increase the number of berths in the harbour for both visitors and new residents through the incorporation of a new quay or floating docks/pontoons which (in addition to providing a new public slipway in a suitable location) will substantially improve the facilities on offer for the boating community and attract visitors in to the area.”

    A Strategy for Shoreham Renaissance – March 2006

    Link to Strategy for Shoreham Renaissance

    In section 1.1 of the report is recommended the creation of “a marina and/or slipways”.

    SEEDA Study 2001, commissioned by ADC

    Concluded that Shoreham would be best served by multiple slipways.

    Adur Local Plan 1996

    http://www.adur-worthing.gov.uk/adur-ldf/adur-local-plan-1996/

    The following texts show the lack of slipways is a long standing issue.

    13.58 The public hards located within the Harbour area provide the principal means whereby the public can launch boats into the Harbour. They represent a valuable and historic asset which it is essential to retain. The majority are identified as public rights of way on the Definitive Map of Public Rights of Way. The West Sussex County Council as Highway Authority is responsible for maintenance between the public highway and mean high water marks of those hards shown on the Proposals Map.”

    13.59 In many cases, the hards are unusable because of poor access, lack of adjacent parking facilities or irregular maintenance (such as clearing of obstacles). Therefore, within the Local Plan area:-

    POLICY AR16

    In any proposals for the comprehensive development or redevelopment of land adjacent to any public hard within the Local Plan area, developers will be required to provide improvements to the hard, including access to it, and conveniently sited parking for cars and trailers.

    This policy shall not be taken to preclude the re-siting of a public hard (subject to the necessary legal procedures) if this is necessary to produce a satisfactory development or redevelopment, providing the standard and effectiveness of use of the facility remains the same or is improved.”

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