Consultation for new Public Spaces Protection Order at Ilfracombe Harbour

Ilfracombe harbour and Old Quay Head

Posted on: 13 February 2019

North Devon Council is carrying out a consultation on plans to introduce a Public Spaces protection Order (PSPO) at Ilfracombe Harbour.

A number of licensed boat trip providers operate from Ilfracombe Harbour and in the busy summer months, ticket sales can become competitive. The proposed PSPO is intended to give a more balanced opportunity for boat trip providers to secure customers.

The proposed PSPO will restrict the soliciting of services at Ilfracombe Harbour by word of mouth, handing out leaflets or other means, unless under the express terms of a licence or the written permission of the Harbourmaster or an authorised council officer. The consultation runs for a period of four weeks from 4 February to 4 March 2019.

Executive Member responsible for Community Safety, Councillor Pat Barker, says: “There is a fantastic choice of boat trips available at the harbour, from fishing trips to dolphin cruises. The PSPO will ensure there is a level playing field for all operators and that visitors can make their own choices about which excursions to choose. Our Harbourmaster has already discussed the proposed PSPO with the Ilfracombe Harbour Board and Harbour Forum. Anyone affected by the plans can talk to our Harbourmaster or go online for more information.”

You can read the proposed PSPO in full at www.northdevon.gov.uk/consultations, email your comments to harbourmaster@northdevon.gov.uk or write to Ilfracombe Harbour PSPO Consultation, North Devon Council, PO Box 379, Barnstaple, EX32 2GR. The consultation closes on Monday 4 March 2019.

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