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  1. This is the situation at Thorpe Green "The Broads Authority is not determining or designating Thorpe St Andrew River Green as a ‘public staithe’ or ‘common’ in history, law or practice. This report is the opinion of the author and, having taken legal advice, the Broads Authority is unequivocally satisfied that Thorpe St Andrew Town Council has the powers in both statute and byelaw to control access, mooring and to charge for all moorings at River Green." This has been added to Professor Williamsons staithes report to avoid the B.A. being sued after seeing the evidence files. Roy Kemp lived in Thorpe and did not include the River green in his list of public staithes. He probably knew it was not.
  2. Vaughan. The Town Council have not stopped public access to the staithe. It is free to moor for 24 hours just as it was when leased to the Broads Authority. It is not used very much which is why the B.A. would not continue leasing it. The modern boats are larger and many cannot get under the bridges. This is a source of regret as the Town Council is trying to encourage more use of the river.
  3. There used to be a boatyard in Thorpe called Classic Cruisers. It is possible there is a connection.
  4. It sunk and is in the basin opposite the Town House Hotel.
  5. My father designed a lot of boats for the broads. He had a scale drawing of Potter Heigham Bridge on his board to check if they would pass under.The problem today is the boats are bigger and the water level seems to be higher.
  6. Vaughan re your comment "This is not unusual, as public staithes were almost always a place of transfer of goods from road to river transport, so the land was usually owned by whoever owned the road. A similar case exists on Thorpe River Green and explains why, in both cases, the" council could not find any deeds." In the case of Thorpe they had the original deeds and lost them but there was a certified copy in the councils safe.There was also evidence in the council minutes of the transfer of ownership. The staithe is registered as belonging to the Town Council and the Broads Authority has accepted they own it and have since 1919. Prof. Williamson is the one who said otherwise but with very little evidence.
  7. I have seen the replica Spitfires made by GB replica's at Catfield. They are incredibly realistic, right down to the last rivet, even when standing very close.
  8. The period when we had glass hulls and wood superstructures might be considered. This is a Moores Griffin/Bourne 35.
  9. In reply to oldgregg. It was John Linford who sadly died in an airplane crash. He was unable to land in a fog at St Faiths so he requested permission to land at RAF Coltishall which he was near. They said no and I believe he hit a pylon or overhead cable. This is what my father told me at the time. The Ocean 30 had the same hull as the Broom Skipper. The Broom Skipper hull and superstructure was designed by R.M.Martins but the Ocean 30 was I believe designed by John Bennett.
  10. This is Thorpe St Andrews response to the Glover review.
  11. Interesting topic. My father was chief naval architect and general manager at Windboats designing many famous boats. They did not go straight from timber to concrete. They did small boats in aluminium and glass fibre. Donald Hagenbach and my father had a bitter disagreement about the subject of concrete v glass fibre which resulted in him resigning on the spot from a good job. He was convinced that glass fibe boats would be the future. He then borrowed money and set about designing the Griffin 35 (Bourne) which was the first of many commercial sucesses in glass fibre. He always maintained that concrete was more expensive to build and relied heavily on the skill of the plasterers. If even a pin hole is left water will get into the reinforcing with serious results. I do not know if that is right but it certainly is the case in concrete buildings.
  12. A Flatafloat uses polystyrene for bouyancy. The problem with polystyrene is it is dissolved by petro chemicals so after 40 years of these spilling into the water the polystyrene can be depleted.
  13. I agree with Vaughan. I also wonder if it is a case of boats getting bigger, stopping passage under bridges, rather than the water getting higher.Martham Boats seem to get under Potter Heigham bridge.
  14. There is a small family owned boatyard called Freedom Boats in Thorpe St Andrew. This is on the River Yare about 2 miles from Norwich.
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