This winter and spring have been exceptionally busy at the boatyard, so hopefully this newsletter will keep you up to date with everything!
Extra Moorings: Our moorings are in great demand so we have been trying to find ways of increasing the number available. A planning application has been submitted to increase the white boat pens outside our office by five more mooring spaces, on the north side of the slipway where they should not affect many berth holders. We should know at the start of April whether the application has been successful and, if so will start work on the new pens within a few weeks.
Toilets and Showers: This season we are allowing Norfolk Punt Club members to use our toilets and showers. We like to support local clubs and many of our clients are already Norfolk Punt Club members anyway, so there should not be any additional waiting time for showers. If you do find there are queues at certain times however, please inform us and we can review the situation.
Codes: The shower/toilet block and dinghy park code will be changed the week commencing 4th April to a new number, which will be 2376.
Health & Safety: A very simple but essential piece of information for everyone to remember is that our fire assembly point is at the entrance of the yard from the parish staithe. Hopefully you will never need to use it, but if there is a fire in the marina, car park or one of our buildings knowing this simple fact could help save lives.
Car Parking: There are three disabled parking spaces on the east end of the new workshop. These spaces can be used briefly for unloading and loading, but unless you are a Blue Badge holder, please park in the main car park.
Recycling and Waste: There are plans to remove the NNDC free waste bins from the parish staithe in the spring 2016, which will inevitably put pressure on the yard bins. The Parish Council is planning to supply its own public waste bins at the staithe, so would all our customers please ensure that they use only our bins. We have increased the size of our recycling bin, so please use this for all your recyclables.
Electric Points: Would all customers who use our electric points please ensure that they use the correctly named and numbered point as we have had a few problems with people using the wrong ones. If you are unsure which one is yours, please contact the office.
Launching: We will be working to launch all boats on the dates which customers supplied us with on our winter maintenance forms. If you are unsure of your date, or would like to change it due to Easter being early, please contact the office. If you would like any extra work completed on your craft, or are unsure what work is going to be completed, please contact me.
Boat Safety Tests: We are currently completing these tests, but if your craft needs a new certificate and you have not received a reminder, do contact us.
Norfolk Punt Club –This year, the club celebrates its 90th anniversary and will be organising some special events to mark it. The Club always welcomes new sailing members and runs a series of training programmes for all levels of ability from beginners to racing tactics as well as regular racing and social sailing activities. If you are interested in finding out more, please visit the NPC website www.puntclub.co.uk
Saturday Opening: We are looking into opening the workshops and office all day every Saturday in the summer months, but in doing this we need to ensure that this service is needed. If you have any comments about Saturday openings, please let us know.
Broads’ Authority Work: In 2015 the Broads Authority assessed, mapped and prioritised the whole of the banks of the River Ant, identifying areas where tree growth was heavily overhanging the river, obstructing visibility or causing ‘pinch points’. Since then, over 600 m of tree clearance has been carried out along Lime Kiln Dyke, between Gays Staithe & Neatishead Staithe, which has opened up the river, reduced the wind shadow and allowed more natural light in this section of the River Ant. The work will be followed up in winter 2016 with dredging, when an estimated 4,000m3 of sediment will be removed. These works will greatly improve the navigation and allow increased enjoyment of this popular stretch of river.
I just want to end this newsletter by saying that I hope you all have a great summer and that the weather is kind to us all!
Eric Bishop (Manager)