Hi Peter and other members.
I just wanted to let you know why I put myself forward for SKEA.
As you know, although I campigned for a ski area at Widegates during the summer, this was only a small part of the "bigger picture".
My main focus, was on the dangers of Starehole Bay and the unjust "banning" of skiing on the bar. This was 90% of the campaign, and seemed to get lost in the argument.
You would imagine that SKEWA, backed with the mandate of the substantial number of supporters gleened from the sport powerboat users of the estuary, would be invited to join the Port User Group.
In fact this has not been the case, and when I questioned Adam Parnell on this "omission", he told me that we had not invited "the waterskiers" to participate because "skiing wasn´t allowed in the harbour". Even though sports powerboat users are the largest group on the estuary!
This is absolutely extraordinary, and just plain wrong. Its akin to historical failures such as not listening to the opinions of women, because they didn´t have the vote! Or not listening to homosexuals because gay sex was illegal... You catch my drift...Sport powerrboat users are the largest single gropup on the estuary by a considerable margin, and no one is defending their points of view.
Ignoring the legitimate concerns and requests of sport powerboat users is a disgrace in my opinion. They have been riden rough shod over for years and are completely misunderstood. Although Widegates was controversial - returning the bar is not. Nor is the introduction of strict rules and regulations to make power boating on and around our estuary far safer.
I have been moved enough to try and do somethiong about it. It has proved very difficult to affect change, but I have also had a great deal of support from the community. Reference enormous peition and many letter sof support sent into Adam Parnell detailing the dangers in Starehole Bay.
Adam has chosen to ignore SKEWA as a mouth peice for the sports powerboat community, and also our receommendations to improve matters. I have therefore put myself forward to represent SKEA, which - Widegates to one side - has many things in common with my point of view.
Like any large group, not everyone will see each topic with the same eyes - but I do hold alot of the values that you cherish. A love of Salcombe and a wish that it stays special and only improves and is not diminshed.
I hope whoever is on the Port User Group will share my belief that something needs to be done to make Sport Powerboating safer and better regulated in the harbour.