Council reopen access to Gurnard beach following passionate public pleas

The Isle of Wight council say that even though the upkeep and maintenance responsibilities are not theirs, they do have a duty of care to anyone wanting to go onto the beach via this slipway, but have bowed to public pressure and moved the railings.

Gurnard slipway

The council share this news following last week’s report about access being denied. Ed


A popular Gurnard Beach footpath has partially reopened following public support for access.

Previously a wooden structure was privately installed on the beach at the end of Shore Path, Gurnard. The location of this facility sits on land the council manages for the Crown under a Regulating Lease.

Accident reported
In October 2018 an accident occurred whereby a member of the public slipped when attempting to use this facility.

This was reported to the council which was followed up with an inspection, resulting in the structure being deemed unsafe to use.

Hobart: Duty of care to persons wanting to go on the beach
Cllr John Hobart, Cabinet member for environment and heritage, said,

“Even though the upkeep and maintenance responsibilities are not the Isle of Wight Council’s, we do have a duty of care to persons wanting to go on the beach via this route. We are not in a financial position to undertake any repairs and would not do so on structures that do not belong to this Authority.

“In order to ensure public safety and to keep costs at a minimum we installed fencing to stop access.”

Passionate pleas and public demand
It had been planned that the structure should be fenced off indefinitely unless the owner of the facility comes forward.

However, due to passionate pleas and public demand the fence has now been realigned to enable the public to access the beach by the private path adjacent to the slipway.

No intentions of removing partial fencing
Unless the owner of the slipway comes forward and undertakes the necessary repairs and maintenance to ensure that it is safe to use, the council has no intentions of removing the partial fencing.

For anyone wishing to launch a boat, there is a public slipway adjacent to Gurnard Sailing Club, as well as the club’s own slipway.

Tuesday, 22nd January, 2019 12:31pm

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lardi

“The IOW council bowed to public pressure” – now there’s a first.