Poll into beach conflict in Chichester

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COMPLAINTS about kite surfing has prompted a public consultation about beach management.

Chichester District Council has launched the consultation as there has been some conflict of interest between various beach users, including fossil hunters and kite surfers.

Councillor John Connor, who heads environment at the council, said: ‘A variety of activities take place on our foreshores, ranging from bathing, fossil hunting, horse riding, board and sail activities, and motorised sport. This could potentially cause conflict between users.

‘Access to the beach and high winds make Bracklesham attractive for a number of water sports. Over the last few years we have seen a significant increase in numbers taking part in kite surfing. We want to manage risk on the foreshore.’

To take part in the consultation visit chichester.gov.uk/foreshoresurvey.