Concern expressed over lack of update for improvements at Beccles Quay

Beccles Quay
July 2010
Picture: James Bass
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Renewed calls have been made for improvements to the moorings at Beccles Quay following 15 months of silence.

Plans for a £2m project to secure the future of the popular tourist attraction were announced back in October 2015.

However some people who work along the River Waveney in the town, have expressed concerns over the lack of activity since then.

The mayor of Beccles Graham Catchpole, who has been pushing for improvements, said no progress has been made since the plans were announced.

The main obstacle standing in the way is the price of the work, which could cost around £1.25m.

Colin Cason, of CC Marine in Beccles, said: 'At present the approach to Beccles by river from the sailing club to the Beccles bypass bridge shows only a broken down river bank and mooring posts and this initial impression people get is not a good one.

'The area holds in excess of 50 boat moorings all of which are always full. The Broads Authority are promoting the Broads to encourage further tourism - we as a town have less moorings to accommodate the visitor and local boat owners struggle to find moorings.'

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The mayor of Beccles Graham Catchpole has been pushing for improvements to the quay since he was first elected as mayor in 2012.

He said that no progress has been made since plans were announced but discussions with Waveney District Council are ongoing.

'We have had structural engineers down at the site and they believe it would cost around £1.25m which is the main issue at the moment,' he said.

'But I am holding confidential meetings with Waveney District Council. It is a key issue for me as my role as Waveney District Councillor and it is also on the East Suffolk Business

Plan. My aim is that we can get something resolved in the summer.'

The main quay area and the area to the south is owned by Waveney District Council and is managed by Sentinel Leisure Trust. The moorings north of the quay near the A146 bridge are owned by the Beccles Fenland Charitable Trust.

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