Representatives from Waveney District Council, Beccles Town Council, the Beccles Fenland Charity Trust, Waveney Norse, Broadsbeat and other local organisations have celebrated the official ‘hand over’ of Beccles Quay.
The Quay is now owned by Beccles Fenland Charity Trust - with the Town Council the sole trustee - and is the result of close working between Waveney District Council, Beccles Town Council, the Charity Commission, the Fenland Charity Trust and the Land Registry to aid the transfer of the Quay which, due to a historical anomaly, had been incorrectly registered to Waveney District Council since 1974.
For the next two years, Waveney will continue to fund the grounds maintenance as well as maintaining and inspecting the play equipment.
Cllr Graham Catchpole, Waveney's cabinet member for Operational Partnerships who had responsibility for seeing through the 18-month project said: “This is an exciting new phase in the life of the Quay and we are glad that it has gone so smoothly. We have been working closely with the Town Council and our partners to ensure there is no disruption for people who enjoy using the Quay.
“We are committed to continuing to fund the maintenance of the area and will do so for the next two years. In addition, we have awarded £89,000 from the Community Infrastructure Levy to the Fenland Charity Trust to repair the river moorings and a £10,000 grant to fund the creation of a quality business and management plan which will enable grant applications to be made by the Trust, supported by our dedicated funding team. This funding follows a £30,000 refurbishment last year, delivered by Waveney, with significant improvements made to quay headings, surfacing, mooring posts and drainage.
“The Town Council will be making their own arrangements to manage the Quay, including the moorings and lettings, and have a number of exciting initiatives planned for the area, which will benefit users in years to come.
“I would like to thank all our partners; Sentinel Leisure Trust, Waveney Norse and Beccles Town Council for the good spirit and co-operation adopted throughout this project.”