Draft Exe Codes of Conduct
The Exe Estuary Management Partnership (EEMP) worked alongside local user groups to review the codes of conduct for the Exe Estuary. Codes of conduct promote a safe and responsible approach to carrying out activities in an area.
Existing codes of conduct for the Exe were over 10 years old and were in need of updating. The EEMP aimed to work with local user groups and national recreational bodies to update codes, whilst making use of existing codes that clubs already use and also following national guidance.
Following meetings with local users and clubs, a suite of codes were drafted. Feedback on drafts was invited from local users over a six-week period from 25th January until 7th March 2018. National recreational bodies were also involved, such as the RYA, Green Blue and British Canoeing, to ensure codes reflected national guidance.
All feedback received was discussed with the EEMP Officer Working Group to inform amendments to the draft codes. Informed decisions were made based on consensus of opinion. Amendments and final codes were endorsed by the EEMP Management Group.
The EEMP carried out this work on behalf of South East Devon Habitat Regulations Partnership (SEDHRP), which is a partnership of Exeter City, Teignbridge and East Devon District Councils. The review of the codes of conduct is one of a suite of essential measures for local authorities to consider when preparing for increased recreational pressure brought about by local growth and housing development. The updated codes of conduct will play an essential part in the ongoing conservation of the estuary.