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Southwold Harbour - Management consultation

Ashfords LLP has been instructed to advise East Suffolk Council in respect of setting up of a new Harbour Management Committee (HMC) for Southwold Harbour. 

Following the close of a public consultation carried out between September and December 2019, regarding the proposals for the creation of the HMC, Lara Moore of Ashfords LLP attended the Southwold Harbour Lands Joint Committee (JC) meeting on 3 February 2020 to provide advice and answer questions about the proposals for the creation of the HMC.

At that meeting it was resolved by the JC that:

  1. the Harbour Management Committee should be created by the Cabinet of East Suffolk Council, based on the revised Terms of Reference and the revised Memorandum of Understanding agreed in the meeting and initialled by the Chairman for the purposes of identification
  2. Ashfords LLP should be instructed to prepare the draft terms of reference and structure for the Advisory Group as soon as reasonably practicable
  3. a skills audit for the Harbour Management Committee is carried out as soon as reasonably practicable
  4. the Joint Committee should be disestablished on creation of the Harbour Management Committee

Following that meeting, Ashfords were instructed by the council to:

  1. Advise on the method of appointment to the HMC (including proposed appointments panel) and to provide input into the skills audit being carried out to identify the skills required on the HMC during its initial establishment (and broadly during its first three years)
  2. Prepare the draft terms of reference and structure for the Advisory Group

East Suffolk Council is therefore carrying out a further 28 day public consultation on the:

  1. skills audit priorities for the initial appointment of members of the proposed HMC
  2. draft Terms of Reference for the Advisory Group (which includes information about suggested members of the Advisory Group)

Public consultation period and next steps

The public consultation on the public consultation questions above commences on Friday 1 May and will close at 5pm on Friday 12 June.

All consultation responses received will be taken into account in the papers that will be prepared for the simultaneous meetings of the council and Southwold Town Council - date to be confirmed to consider approving the dissolution of the JC on establishment of the HMC.

All consultation responses received during the consultation period will be taken into account as part of the finalisation of both the Terms of Reference for the Advisory Group and the skills audit priorities for establishment of the HMC. 

All public consultation responses should include the reference ‘SHMC June 2020’ and be provided in writing to and received by the council before 5pm on Friday 12 June at:

Kerry Blair
Head of Operations
East Suffolk Council
4 Canning Road
NR33 0EQ

Or via email kerry.blair@eastsuffolk.gov.uk

Southwold Harbour Lands consultation

Local people have been asked to express their views on proposals for the future management of the Southwold Harbour Lands.

Councillors from Southwold Town Council and East Suffolk Council proposed the creation of a new strategic body which would oversee harbour operation, bringing expertise and experience to the management of the port.

The structure would establish a Harbour Management Committee as a means of governing the Southwold Harbour Lands and would consist of a group of councillors and experts committed to securing long-term investment, while also reinforcing transparency and local involvement.

The consultation closed on 28 February 2019.

Permanent and short stay moorings

Please contact the Harbour Master before entry. All visitors should make contact with the harbour master 24 hours before their planned visit.

The approaches to Southwold are dogged by a series of sand and shingle banks which are constantly on the move especially in the winter months. Contact the harbour office for updated information.

Providing permanent and short stay moorings for the local community and visitors to the district, Southwold Harbour is situated in an area that is designated as an area of outstanding beauty and adjacent to the Southwold Denes Beach. Southwold has a historic town centre, which is within easy walking distance and is the home of the famous Adnams brewery.

Situated in North Suffolk Southwold is ideally located to explore nearby towns such as Lowestoft, Kessingland, Walberswick, Aldeburgh, Snape and Beccles. If you're looking for a quiet relaxing holiday, Southwold is the place to be. Southwold boasts two award winning beaches, skirted with the famous Southwold Beach Huts.

Southwold Harbour byelaws and notices

Facilities and availability

  • Harbour Masters office
  • Toilet
  • Toilet/shower facilities for visiting vessels
  • Short stay/visitor moorings
  • Boat storage ashore, including winter storage
  • Boat launching and recovery facilities
  • Boat and trailer parking.
  • Oil disposal points
  • Public house including restaurant
  • Cafe 
  • Chandlery
  • Boat builders and restorers
  • Suppliers of fresh fish
  • Red/white diesel available on North Wall 

Moorings are available all year round for visiting vessels. Southwold Harbour is very busy during the summer months and therefore advanced booking is strongly recommended during this period.

Charges and bookings

Whilst there is no charge for using the slip here there are other charges applicable when a vessel is launched; the daily rate is £9.50. Alternatively any vessel using the harbour frequently may prefer to pay an annual clearance (April to March), the cost of which depends on the length of the vessel, e.g. up to 20ft (6.1m) the cost is £72.00.

Storage ashore is £2.50 per foot (305mm). Winter Moorings on visitors stage is £3.90 per foot (305mm) per month.

Summer visitors moorings are:

  • up to 20ft (6.1m) £20.30 per night
  • 20ft (6.1m) - 30ft (9.15m) £24.00 per night
  • 30ft (9.15m) - 40ft (12.22m) £29.50 per night
  • 40ft (12.22m) - 50ft (15.25m) £37.50 per night
  • each additional ft (305mm) over 50ft charged at £1.85 per night