Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Launch point might be built for canoeists

A LAUNCHING platform for canoeists could be built in a riverside field in Goring.

A LAUNCHING platform for canoeists could be built in a riverside field in Goring.

The parish council, which owns the land in Ferry Lane, has agreed to seek quotes from several contractors.

At the moment the launching of boats is banned but many people ignore the rules and cause damage to the bank. Repairs carried out in 2013 cost £30,000. Councillor Emrhys Barrell, who has been investigating the possibility of building a small jetty, said the council’s insurers would require a £150 risk assessment to be carried out.

The platform would have to built by a specialist riverbank contractor, who would have to confirm that the structure could withstand being struck by a larger boat. It could not be made accessible to disabled people because the site is too steep for a wheelchair ramp.

CllrBarrell said that although Ferry Lane was blocked by bollards, Goring fire crews were happy to carry a key to unlock them.



The council will discuss the issue after the estimates have been received.



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