Exe Estuary Management Partnership Winter Forum 2020
Exe Estuary Winter Forum
Tuesday 4th February 2020
Council Chambers, County Hall
The annual Winter Forum was a success with 113 people attending to hear presentations and provide feedback on:
- A roundup of the year from the Exe Estuary Management Partnership, including an update from Exeter Harbour Authority (Stephanie Harper- Chung, Exe Estuary Officer)
- Devon Climate Emergency (Doug Eltham, Devon County Council)
Forum members were given the opportunity to take part in an interactive discussion on flood defence schemes including presentations on:
- Response to issues related to Dawlish Warren Beach Management Scheme (Martin Davies, Environment Agency)
- Progress of Exmouth Tidal Defence Scheme (Jim Faux, Environment Agency)
- Update on St James’ Weir (David Bartram, Exeter City Council)
There was also an opportunity for Forum members to hear short soapbox sessions (local community initiatives) on:
- Invasive Non-Native Species: Pacific oyster project (Jay Boyle, Exe Estuary Management Partnership)
- Trial of mixed shellfishery at Lympstone (Jason Ingham, Ingham Fisheries)
- Warren Golf Club – successes and working with the natural environment (Alison Langmead and Annkathrin Sharp, Warren Golf Club)
The Forum presentations and key discussion points can be found on the EEMP website at www.exe-estuary.org/exe-forum.
Forum Chair: Jeremy Rawlings
Forum Vice Chair: Ted Draper
The sectoral representation of attendees was analysed to investigate the balance of interests presented at the Forum. The attendees have been grouped according to sector, for example “Local Authority” also includes the various partnerships which are hosted within a local authority.
As shown by the pie chart below there was a range of representation of different sectors from commercial interest to those representing Local Authorities around the Exe including several councillors. These groups are fairly well balanced and are generally in line with the expected proportion of interest groups on the estuary, with representation from all sectors. A large representation from the recreation sector was present, likely due to the relevance of the flood defence discussions which impacted on the navigation of the Exe. There was also good representation from commercial interests and navigation / mooring / docks on the Exe, which is a positive indication that local businesses are being engaged with partnership work. There was also a large number of local authority representatives, this included a range of authorities from parish councils, district councils and Devon County Council who attended to discuss the Devon Climate Emergency.
Of the 113 people that attended the Exe Estuary Forum, 36 completed feedback forms, the results of which can be seen below:
|Questions||Strongly Agree||Agree||Disagree||Strongly Disagree|
|The Forum was worth attending||65%||35%||0%||0%|
|The presentations were interesting||35%||62%||3%||0%|
|The themes covered were relevant to me||19%||78%||3%||0%|
|The venue was suitable||38%||57%||5%||0%|
|I would like to attend the Forum again in the future||62%||38%||0%||0%|
|The forum is a key opportunity for me to learn more about the Exe Estuary, get involved and have my views heard||57%||38%||5%||0%|
|I value the work of the Exe Estuary Partnership||70%||27%||3%||0%|
These were positive with 100% of feedback stating that the Forum was worth attending, and that they would like to attend the Forum again. The large majority of attendees indicated that they found the presentations interesting, the themes relevant and that they value the work of the partnership, with the Forum a key opportunity for learning more about the estuary. Most found the venue to be suitable.
Comments received through these feedback forms are included at the end of this report in the Appendix, along with the feedback during discussions at the event.