Consultation for new Public Spaces Protection Order at Ilfracombe Harbour

Ilfracombe harbour and Old Quay Head

Posted on: 13 February 2019

North Devon Council is carrying out a consultation on plans to introduce a Public Spaces protection Order (PSPO) at Ilfracombe Harbour.

A number of licensed boat trip providers operate from Ilfracombe Harbour and in the busy summer months, ticket sales can become competitive. The proposed PSPO is intended to give a more balanced opportunity for boat trip providers to secure customers.

The proposed PSPO will restrict the soliciting of services at Ilfracombe Harbour by word of mouth, handing out leaflets or other means, unless under the express terms of a licence or the written permission of the Harbourmaster or an authorised council officer. The consultation runs for a period of four weeks from 4 February to 4 March 2019.

Executive Member responsible for Community Safety, Councillor Pat Barker, says: “There is a fantastic choice of boat trips available at the harbour, from fishing trips to dolphin cruises. The PSPO will ensure there is a level playing field for all operators and that visitors can make their own choices about which excursions to choose. Our Harbourmaster has already discussed the proposed PSPO with the Ilfracombe Harbour Board and Harbour Forum. Anyone affected by the plans can talk to our Harbourmaster or go online for more information.”

You can read the proposed PSPO in full at, email your comments to or write to Ilfracombe Harbour PSPO Consultation, North Devon Council, PO Box 379, Barnstaple, EX32 2GR. The consultation closes on Monday 4 March 2019.

2 comments on “Consultation for new Public Spaces Protection Order at Ilfracombe Harbour

  1. Mr Terry Hayes says:

    I and others do not condone this order. The boat people of Ilfracombe Harbour, are an integral part of life. They are courteous and jovial. I have lived in the town for nearly 15 years and not once have I been ‘accosted’!!.. As far as I am concerned these reports are defamatory and False.. Or at worst, an attempt by the council to appropriate control over their livelihood

    • fayehedden says:

      Thank you for your comments, the purpose of the consultation is to find out the views of the public on whether the PSPO would be welcome or not, so please have your say by taking part in the consultation.

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