OK so the council have now put railings in to stop the gap in the picture above being used to launch through.
They have also had a rethink due to demand by local fishermen who dont want to join a club to get the £30 reduced fee for fishing boats. They will get a fee of £50 per season.
The RYA courses are not required for PWC & other users this season as the lack of bookable courses meant it was an unjumpable hurdle for most.
The council employees are hoping for a very wet and cold Easter bank holiday, I think many are still having nightmares about being overrun last year, which is why all the new rules for this year.
I will add this as its got some links for slips elsewhere.
https://mapping.canterbury.gov.uk/webap ... oundaries/
Thats the CCC boundaries from Graveney through to the river Wansum which marks the boundry with Thanet council. This as you can see on the map covers whitstable too. https://www.canterbury.gov.uk/watercraft
is where to find further info, permits are £50/yr for fishing boats, other craft costs are higher.
Canterbury say they have rules in place to stop beach launching but these have yet to be tested, I would suggest if you were to launch from a beach that had little use there would not be much chance of being reported, the problem comes from powered craft not mixing well with swimmers and kids.
Take a good look at Thanet launch sites https://www.thanet.gov.uk/info-pages/water-users/
you will see its quite good value for £60 per season you get a key to launch at 7-8 different slipways, more than at Canterbury.
Further round the coast to Sandwich bay, if you pay the private beach toll then I believe beach launching is free and allowed.
Dover has a slipway in the harbour, but you really need marine radio to exit and enter due to harbour control & ferries. There are slipways at Folkestone harbour but the difficulty there is car parking close to slips.
Many of the beaches are shingle or soft sand or very steep so are only suitable if you can carry your boat to the water or use beach rollers, normally 2 handed.