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A CONSULTATION is set to be launched to look into zones for different activities along the coastline near Chichester.

Chichester District Council’s cabinet has ordered it after an increase in kitesurfing and its potential conflict with other people using the beach including swimmers, fossil hunters, sailors and horse riders.

A temporary voluntary zone for kitesurfers has been tried out, but a council report said alternative locations should be considered.

The cabinet meeting heard many people were happy with the temporary zone, but there were also a number who were not, including some local residents.

The coastline between Pagham Harbour and Chichester Harbour is managed by the district council, which leases the foreshore from the Crown Estate.

The cabinet report said the council did not have the power under existing byelaws to ban kitesurfing.

The findings of the consultation are due to be reported back to the council by February.