WATERSPORT enthusiasts will be able to flock to Bognor Regis over the summer as a launch ramp is set to re-open.
Jet skis and small boats will once again be able to launch off the town’s seafront as the Gloucester ramp will be open for business from August 1.
The ramp has been re-opened through the dedicated efforts and co-operative partnership working of Arun District Council and Bognor Regis Town Council.
Bognor Regis town mayor Paul Wells said: “Without the intervention of the town council it is likely this facility would have remained closed for the rest of this year, causing serious concerns as to the safety of jetskiers and swimmers in the area.
“We are pleased we have been able to negotiate a solution to this issue, working with Arun District Council, to offer the best solution for visitors to the beach.”
The ramp will be operated and managed by the town council with no subsidy from Arun District Council taxpayers and will remain open for seafront visitors to use until the end of October, weather permitting.
Deputy leader of the district council and cabinet member for corporate governance, Dudley Wensley, said: “Arun District Council realises how popular watersports off the coast of Bognor Regis are for many people, which is why, despite a tender earlier this year for the launch ramp’s operation resulting in no commercially-viable bids, we have worked hard with Bognor Regis Town Council to ensure it re-opens for this summer.”
Jetskiers and other boat-users have still been able to enjoy being on the water off the town’s coast this year by launching from alternative facilities.
However, buoys will soon be in place to guide users of the Gloucester Road ramp off-shore and separate them from bathers and a safety boat will also be available for use around the controlled zone.
Arun is encouraging people who wish to use the coastal waters to launch from the Gloucester Road ramp.
The launch ramp operator, Darrel Hardy, will be on hand to avoid congestion on the promenade and to provide guidance to users.