Many residents already enjoy visiting Surlingham Staithe as do tourists taking a diversion from the Wherryman’s Way to explore the public footpath from Ferry Road.
The Staithe is a beautiful place to just sit and enjoy the peace and quiet of the countryside or to go pond dipping looking for water bugs, tadpoles etc or spotting dragon flies.
Currently, the situation is that boats are stored on the ground and they tend to ‘spread’ during the more popular seasons as more boats are left there. Also the area has been closely mown for many years and this practice has extinguished the natural flora and fauna that previously grew and lived there.
The recommendations are:
1 – the provision of a simple wooden storage rack to enable the boats/canoes to be raised off the grass and concentrated in one area.
2 – the provision of a picnic table
3 – to continue to mow the recreation area but leave remaining grassland to grow taller and thereby encourage wild native plant species to return, seed and thrive. As the rewild area develops insects, butterflies and wildlife will return.
The Parish Council welcomes your views on these proposals so if you wish to comment please either email: firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone the Clerk on 01508 538921. If you do telephone and leave a message, please leave your name so your comments can be recorded.
This notice will also be posted on the Parish Noticeboard by the pond.