The waters of the Haven are now open for boating and angling

We have been following the Government’s advice in respect of Coronavirus and have put measures in place to limit risks to stakeholders, our staff, emergency services and the public.

Over the past few days the government has announced, through  DEFRA and the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, that some leisure activities, including boating and angling could resume.

The British Ports Association and the UK Harbour Masters’ Association are seeking clarification on the detail of this announcement with the Government at national level.

Specific guidance is expected shortly. Therefore, until we have confirmation of these details, the Authority’s visitor pontoons at Ha’penny Pier will remain closed. Once clarification of any remaining government restrictions or provisions become clear we will review the decision as to whether we re-open the visitor pontoons.

However, in line with the latest advice, the Authority can confirm that it is now permissible to use the waters of the Haven for boating and angling. If your boat is kept in a marina or other facility, then you will need to liaise directly with them to arrange access to your boat. Please follow – and adhere to – the latest government guidelines that state that no-one should stay overnight anywhere other than their own home. The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has produced this useful FAQ for leisure vessel users – www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-environment-food-rural-affairs.

Please be mindful that these facilities will need to put measures in place to ensure your and their own staff safety before granting access.  Safety of all stakeholders on the Haven’s waters is paramount. If you do choose to venture out onto the water once again, please be mindful of your actions and make sure that they are not likely to increase risks to any other people using those waters.

All leisure vessels users should also be advised that the Royal Yachting Association makes it clear in their latest statement that they are still ‘engaging with the RNLI and representatives from the ports and leisure marine industry to help ensure a safe return to recreational boating activity. – www.rya.org.uk.