Dear All,

A couple of postings have been made on the BSC FaceBook page today regarding the use and mis-use of the pontoon.

Basically, it is a private pontoon for the use of BSC members ONLY. All members must wear a suitable buoyancy aid or lifejacket when on the pontoon and be aware that it is potentially slippery. The pontoon is available to members for the purposes of sailing associated activity at all times – not just Wednesdays and Fridays. No overnight mooring or mooring by heavy vessels is permitted.

The floodgate is presently not locked so there is no restriction regarding access. Please treat the pontoon with respect at all times.

The committee is very aware that the pontoon is attractive to youngsters but it is not a lido, we do not have staff to provide supervision for unauthorised users and are therefore unable to and do not permit unauthorised use.

If there are any unauthorised people on the pontoon we recommend to politely inform them that it is a private pontoon, that they are trespassing and that there is a public pontoon outside of the Anchor public house.

We are aware of occasions when the pontoon has been abused, rubbish deposited and damage inflicted. Furthermore, there have been occasions when our members have suffered verbal abuse from a minority of people. The Committee has therefore decided to install gates on the pontoon to deter trespassers. These will be installed soon.

The gates will be opened by keycode to which members will have access. The lifeboat station will also be informed of the keycode for emergency access.

Finally, whilst the FaceBook page is a fantastic way to coordinate and inform, can I ask members to try and avoid using it to discuss club policy. This is best done directly via a Committee Member rather than on a public forum.

Thanks and kind regards,

John Saunders


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