Cley Harbour welcomed its largest traditional commercial sailing vessel in more than 60 years last Saturday 27th October – the whelker named Salford, from the Coastal Exploration Company, sailed into Cley Harbour at 9am on Saturday morning.
A once thriving place, the port at Cley-next-the-Sea in north Norfolk was one of the busiest in the UK and saw cargoes of grain, malt, cloth, and spices exported and imported to and from Europe. Over the centuries, siltation and land reclamation led its estuary becoming unnavigable – until now!
Cley as a port has been up and running again for the last three years after an initial dredge to clear the harbour of mud, since then it has again become a focus for the village with smaller boats coming and going on the high tides.
Last Saturday was a historic day for Cley Harbour as not only did it welcome the 30ft Whelker but Cley Harbour also received an Environment Award from North Norfolk District Council. The award acknowledges that the project has set a bench mark for the harbour’s continued use and the hard work from all involved in the community project.
It is exciting times for Cley Harbour and with the first round of consultations just finished for a further dredge, it is hoped that the project will go on to have further success with welcoming large vessels to Cley Harbour on a more regular basis.
For more information please see the Cley Harbour website at www.cleyharbour.co.uk
Cley Parish Council are working hard to revitalize the allotments, which due to the increased vacant plots have become overgrown and untidy. Councillors have litter picked the allotments ready for phase one of cutting which began this evening. Hopefully the plots will now be more appealing to new tenants. If you are interested in renting an allotment plot annual rates start from as little as £11.25, please contact the Clerk Gemma Harrison for more information on 01263 513269.
Phase 1 – The cutting begins!
Litter Picking the Allotments
Harbour Day was a huge success with fantastic music, food and entertainment.
Walking the plank proved particularly popular, as was the hilarious Punch and Judy show, and it was lovely to see so many children entering into the spirit of the event in fancy dress. We are already looking forward to next year’s event!
The event was run by Cley Harbour who are a small group of local people who all have a passion for the Harbour. The money raised from Harbour Day will be used towards further dredging works and maintenance to the Harbour and River in order to improve and maintain good access for boats, in turn creating a thriving harbour community for all to enjoy.
Over 20 boats arrived at Cley Harbour last Sunday (17th June) as part of Cley Harbour’s annual Cockle Day celebration. The early morning sailing was excellent with a good breeze and tide. Upon arrival everyone was greeted with a warm reception, and the opportunity to have a bacon roll and coffee. The event was popular and thoroughly enjoyed by all who attended.
All profits from the event go towards the independent group Cley Harbour.
Please see the attached Notice of Public Rights, whereby anyone who is interested can by appointment view the accounting records for the 2017/18 financial year.
Notice of Public Rights
Cley Harbour Day
Saturday 11th August 4pm-9pm
Victory Housing Trust has been disposing of properties in coastal villages like Cley whenever they become vacant, spending the proceeds of new builds in places like North Walsham. The Parish Council has vehemently opposed this policy and subsequent to a meeting with the Chief Executive of Victory, John Archibald, it was agreed that the next property to become vacant would be offered to local people on a shared equity basis under which the prospective buyer takes a mortgage on the agreed share (minimum 50%, maximum probably 80% though this has not been declared by Victory) and pays rent on the rest of the property. If they subsequently decide to move they sell that equity stake to the new buyer while Victory retain the rest.
The property in question is in the Glandford Road and will be marketed by Arnold Keys in Holt from about mid-April. At first it will be offered to residents of Cley only – if none come forward the net will be widened to the surrounding parishes and then the whole of North Norfolk – very much like the Local Lettings Policy. At the time of writing we do not know the asking price of the property.
Arnold Keys website is at https://www.arnoldskeys.com/contact-us/our-branches/holt/ and their Holt phone number in 01263 713966
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