It is so sad to see once well founded boats left neglected and abandoned. But then again our boat builders need a steady stream of new orders to support the livelihood of themselves and their families. So maybe we should just accept that there will always be the boats of summer-day past, the boats of summer-day present, and the boats of summer-day future. Let us just remember the old and discarded as fondly as we can.
The stretch of tidal water called Bass Pool on the south side of Piel Island has been a focal point for WMYC sailors in 2019. Abandoned over looking the castle, as high up as can be carried by the tide, where the sand and seaweed give way to grass, lies a boat called ‘Inchree’.
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.
A friendly base for Yacht Cruising on Morecambe Bay