Kitesurfers can stay on West Sussex beach following review

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PERMANENT zones for kitesurfing are not being introduced along the coastline in West Sussex.

It follows a legal challenge to Chichester District Council.

Kitesurfing will be able to continue at Bracklesham Bay and the council will use existing byelaws to manage activities.

There was previously a voluntary kitesurfing zone.

Cllr John Connor, in charge of environment in Chichester, said: ‘We currently do not have the power to restrict or ban different activities on the foreshore.

‘Indeed, we don’t want to stop anyone from using the beach, so we have looked at different options on how this area can be managed.

‘Following a legal challenge we have reverted to the way we managed the foreshore before any zoning was introduced.’

The existing rules allow the council to take action against individuals who are causing danger or nuisance.

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