Since lock down began, quite a few parishioners have started using Surlingham Staithe for launching canoes and it’s lovely to see so many residents enjoying this village asset. As I’m sure most residents know, the parish council is the registered owner of the Staithe and manages it on behalf of residents.
But boat owners aren’t the only people who use the staithe; this beautiful tranquil little gem is also enjoyed by many other residents who simply walk down there to enjoy the peace and quiet and to watch the wildlife who share the spot with us, such as kingfishers, dragon flies and the occasional deer.
As pointed out above, lots of residents are now using the Staithe to launch their boats – 27 boats are currently kept at there – and the tranquillity of the area would be lost if canoeists were to park their cars there. It is also a fragile environment being part of the flood plain. The area can be covered by several inches of water on very high tides or after heavy rain in summer as well as in winter months and even in high summer the ground is often spongy.
For all these reasons the parish council trusts that residents will comply with the notice restricting vehicular access to the staithe except in exceptional circumstances when permission should be sought from a parish councillor on 538516.