As you will probably know by now, the authorities are worried about the possibility of serious flooding in the vicinity of our yacht club.
In brief, they have done some computer modelling, and can now confidently predict that 600 houses could be flooded-out when the next mega storm comes along. That is to say, when, an astronomical high tide, a very low pressure front, and a strong westerly gale come hurtling up the river Wyre together!
Further more, from recent similar events around the country, they’ve worked out how much the average claimant needs to spend to repair the resulting damage and cover temporary relocation costs. It all amounts to quite a lot! They believe, therefore, the effort and resources put into the Scheme will be money well spent.
That said, it doesn’t appear that they are particularly worried about the Wardley’s Marine Yacht Club. We will of course be on the wrong side of their magnificent scheme. Still, that is probably where we would want to be anyway, if we want to retain unfettered access to the river. The main blight envisaged at this stage, is possibly the inconvenience caused during the works and maybe reduced access to our land at the upper reaches of the creek. At the recent public meeting we voiced these concerns, and as you will read in the document, they have affirmed that the scheme’s designer/planners will consult with WMYC during the planning.
Please read the attached document to gen up on the finer details. Questions 1 and 11 are of particular interest to us.
The Environment Agency has unveiled plans for extensive works adjacent to the club, designed to reduce the risk of flooding in the area. In a nutshell, this involves raising the level of Kiln Lane by over a metre between the phone box and the club gate, and continuing with a wall between Shore Road and the marsh, southwards in the direction of Shard Bridge.
Possible negative effects are:-
Possible effect on parking on Kiln Lane
Reduced access to club land on the south side of the creek
Disruption during construction
Wasted effort when the proposed Wyre Barrage claims to mitigate upstream flood risk
Unknown whether this affects the flow of water in the creek
Club is on the ‘wet’ side of the wall, therefore no change to risk of flooding at the club
Apparently the plans have generated some opposition among local residents, and a meeting has been called, at Hambleton Village Hall on Thursday 29th November at 7pm.
The crane in day was a triumph. We had the perfect weather – blue sky, sun, sea, and a blooming big crane.
All boats went in the water according to plan.
Club members played their part like in a big orchestra. Our crane-in conductor was Mike Morris — Wardley’s own version of ‘Sir Simon Rattle’ .
But instead of welding a baton, he dazzled on-lookers with a stream of two fingered gestures towards the sharp eye of a crane driver who had boats hopping off the hard, flying into the air, and splashing back into the water with perfect precision.
Other members played their part too, organised into gangs, they hopped on and off boats, fitted and released strops, hooked and unhooked boats, and with long ropes and a man on each corner, guided them safely to their designated berths.
Thanks also goes to the ladies who with smiles and good humour served delicious sustenance in the form of tea, coffee, and bacon butties.
All in all it was a great day, please see the photos below.
A friendly base for Yacht Cruising on Morecambe Bay