BOAT users are angry Portsmouth’s two all-tide slipways have become unusable, due to shingle and lack of space.
They say they have nowhere to park their trailers at the Camber dock since work started on Ben Ainslie’s America’s Cup base.
The only alternative slipway, at Langstone Harbour in Eastney, is unusable due to a thick bank of shingle. Kevin Turner, from Fareham, said he was frustrated he could no longer use the Camber slipway, which he had used for more than 30 years.
Mr Turner said: ‘I’m not against the Ben Ainslie project but I’m against the way it has taken away our leisure facilities.
‘The whole area has been swallowed up. I would like the council to provide us with a proper slipway or else clear the slipway at Eastney so that we can use it.’
Mr Turner said that all parking spots at the Camber which boat owners could use were reserved for KB Boat Park Dry Stack.
The whole area has just been swallowed up.Kevin Turner
Another boat user, Lee Kattenhorn, 47, of Cowplain, said he had nowhere to park his trailer if he wanted to launch his boat.
He said: ‘You could argue that we could dry stack our boats, but you should have the luxury of being able to trailer your boat and launch it yourself.’
Mr Kattenhorn said he had also had problems trying to use the slipway at Langstone Harbour.
He said: ‘You have to contend with a 3ft shingle bank to get over with your car and boat to get to the water.
‘Langstone Harbour Board wants to charge us £13.50 per launch and recovery. When we challenged them to clear the slipway they said it was Portsmouth City Council’s responsibility.’
A council spokesman said: ‘Unfortunately there is very limited parking and no storage on the Camber at the moment due to the building activity, which we understand should be completed by the school holidays.
‘There are no additional restrictions on using the slipway to gain access to the water, but trailers need to be stored elsewhere until the building work is completed. There are alternative slipways at Langstone Harbour and Lee-on-the-Solent.’