This week the Harbour Commissioners have had several enquiries from organisations and members of the public wanting to use the harbour for leisure purposes.
On the 26th March, Parliament passed new legislation giving the Home Secretary new powers to request Port closures, however currently the Government guidelines is to keep Ports open for commercial activities.
The Port of Wells remains fully operational for Commercial vessels ie fishing vessels, windfarm etc but manned on reduced staff, which means there is fewer harbour staff out on the water to assist if required. The VHF CH 12 is manned during tide times between the hours of 08.00 & 22.00.
The use of leisure/recreational vessels is NOT considered to be essential and those who break the new laws could risk being fined for doing so. Wells Harbour Commissioners are following Government guidelines and working closely with the local Police and other Agencies as matters develop. Our understanding is that the exercise period does NOT include boating, sailing, kayaking etc. Our understanding is exercise should be short and the public should not drive to the Port from another location.
The Harbour Staff or the Police will challenge the public using the harbour slipways and facilities to check voyages are deemed essential and will be enforcing accordingly.
The RYA statement below on the 23rd March also support the stance for leisure users not to take to the water at this time.
“From the 23rd March, people must stay at home and only go outside for food, health reasons or work (where this absolutely cannot be done from home ) This includes us all and the RYA strongly urges recreational boaters to respect the new government rules so that those who may become ill do not increase the pressure on local services and facilities.”
The Harbour Commissioners wish to thank all users in advance for your cooperation during these difficult times.
For any urgent maters call the Harbour Office 01328711646 and leave a message, or the Harbour Master can be reached on 07775507284.