Over the past 15 years, many attempts have been made by
Waveney District Council to take financial control of Southwold
Harbour, Caravan and Camping Sites, including a failed attempt
in 2003 to sell the land.
This beautiful area has historic and economic significance to local
residents and business owners but most importantly, the land
does not belong to Waveney District Council, it belongs to us, the
residents of the Civil Parish of Southwold, in addition to all users
of the Harbour.
In 2015, Southwold Town Council and Waveney District Council
agreed to set up a charitable Harbour Trust to run the Harbour,
Caravan and Camping Sites. The trustees were to be drawn from
local government and suitably competent local community
members. The prospective Trustees formulated a sustainable
business plan, designed to protect the Harbour Lands for future
Waveney District Council and Southwold Town Council have failed
to implement this agreement. They are now proposing an
alternative governance model, namely, to set up two Local
Authority Trading Companies with one share in each company,
shares to be owned by Waveney District Council. This will then
give them the authority to sell the land and in that case, our
valuable asset will be lost forever.