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Staverton Riverside Wild Swimming and Canoeing access

Fund applied for: £2,500

Location: Devon

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Project description

Describe your project
The River Dart is acknowledged as one of the best canoeing rivers in Britain and at Staverton it is one of the top ten wild swimming locations in the country. But there is no proper access and egress point to the river for canoeists and wild swimmers at Staverton which is causing erosion to the riverbank. We therefore want to build a revetment with steps to stabilise the bank and provide an access and egress point to the river for swimmers and canoeists.

How will your project benefit your local community?
Canoeists launch further up river and need to get ashore at Staverton as it is the last stopping place before negotiating two weirs and shallows on a much longer journey down to Totnes. At present there is no sustainable egress point. Wild swimmers also have no suitable access point.

Please give details of any support you have from your local community
The land adjacent to the river and the riverbank is owned by the Parish Council. The Council is making this grant application as it does not have the funds available from its precept for this project. The river is managed by the Environment Agency who support this project.

How big is your community? And how many people will benefit from your project?
In the first year 100s; in the life of the project 1000's

Tell us what you intend to spend the money on.
A green oak durable timber plank and post revetment on the riverbank with steps to facilitate access to the river. We have had three estimates for the work and will accept the lowest at £3840.

When and why was your project founded?
Planning for this project has been ongoing for the last 6 months

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