Beach ban a mistake.
For many years now, Pendine has been seen as a draw for our sport and many thousands of visits are made each year by myself and other parakite enthusiasts. We spend huge sums of money in the local economy, B&B, camping, local hostelries, cafes and shops, not only during the high season, but also during the winter months and contribute to the local economy considerably.
Parakiting is a sport which allows inclusion of people who might otherwise be excluded from sports, it is environmentally friendly and healthy. The council have conceded that there has been no accidents there caused by parakiting, yet have banned us from the beach whilst allowing other activities, such as bathing, to continue even though there are no lifeguards! This decision clearly makes no sense and goes against the Visit The Big Country campaign and Visit Wales. I fear that the local economy will be hit far worse than the council have anticipated should banning our sport continue.
I understand that support from the press has been attained and television coverage is expected to run a news story on the campaign to save Pendine beach.
The restriction of vehicles is welcome, the boy racers and the idiots on quad bikes should not be blamed on us. To ban a sensible group of insured sporting enthusiasts who, RoSPA decided, actively encourage safety and are sensible, is clearly unacceptable.
I hope that you will publish these comments and help CCC rethink their actions on Pendine beach.
A R GREENHILL Kite n Sk8, Silver Street Dursley, Gloucester