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Old 18 May 2014, 18:16   #11
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Camber is a great place to launch, and I for one would be very sorry to see it made unusable.
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I think we should applaud all the people involved who are working hard to get BAM to (Old) Portsmouth.... Its a great boost for the city and also the "friend of old portsmouth" seem to be very supportive.... Surely there will be some space left to launch from....
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Surely there will be some space left to launch from....
As said above there will still be access to the slip, assuming they don't clog it up even more than the fishermen do already, but the whole point mentioned above is that there will be nowhere to leave a trailer bigger than a car parking space.

I think it's good for the city to attract this type of venture.
But not without a thought for those who already use the facilities.

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Well... its a working harbour and if not use the one in Eastney. .. its only down the road...
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Well... its a working harbour and if not use the one in Eastney. .. its only down the road...
There are lots of slipways to launch your boat from, but not that many are full tide range and capable of a single handed launch. What the authorities need to be made aware of is that these slips are used for recreational boaters and not just commercial guys.
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Email the journalist direct - her email address is at the top of the article.

Its often the case that the slipway owners and local car park operators don't work in partnership.

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Hi,

Nasher's right, in that the slipway is not the issue as it will remain open. The problem to be solved is trailer parking. As the current plan stands, there is no provision for a new trailer park. However, the local sailing club, residents and ward councilors are aware of this concern and are looking into ways of solving this.

Huib is correct that this certainly will be a great boost for Portsmouth and generally the "locals" are very supportive.

You can understand why the council and port authority are not greatly concerned by this matter as commercially the slipway and trailer park are a substantial revenue drain on their budgets, The barrier is often left open and so the revenue collected in a year does not cover the cost of repairs/servicing - (I know, 'cause I collect the money).

Hopefully something can be sorted out long term, but short term there will be disruption as work to demolish the sheds is due to start mid June.

If I hear anything further I'll post.

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So how are you affected? Is the boat park moving as part of the development?
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Hi John,

Yes, we are relocating to the south-side of The Camber (closer to where we launch the boats).

It's a massive upheavel and complicated by the incredibly tight timescales. Despite Mr Priddy's thoughts, the Specs for the new America's Cup boats are being announced in the next few weeks and Ben Ainslie Racing (BAR) are hoping to start work on the building their headquarters on June 13th 2014. So we have to start moving now (in fact we are in the process of).

Our new Dry Stack will be on a smaller footprint than we currently have, so we will have to stack 4 high (compared with our current 2 high) and that requires new racking, groundworks, fencing and a new Fork-lift, as ours currently will only do 3 high. So major investment for us and lots of work on the way - whilst still providing a top class service to our clients.

I do hope though that a new site can be found for trailer parking as I recognise that without it the slipway becomes unusable. Not in my gift unfortunately, but certainly being discussed.

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I really feel for you with the move, just at the start of the season can't be good timing, if it's ever a good time.

I don't want anyone to think I'm against BAR making Portsmouth it's home, it's great for the city, but it just feels like they don't give a damn about the likes of us.

I'm slightly disappointed that the character of the Camber will be lost, it's my favourite place to have a walk around as I'd rather look at the working boats than rows of big white pointy things, far more interesting in my opinion.

Will be interested see how it all pans out down there.

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