HELP NEEDED!!! Urgent for 2018

 

Northfleet Harbour’s Restoration is at a critical juncture and there is a very real danger that the boat could quite literally be missed. Ebbsfleet Development Corporation have taken over planning responsibility for the area and have been charged with delivering housing numbers as part of the Ebbsfleet Garden City Scheme. The EDC are currently doing a master planning consultation exercise for the harbour area and have missed off boating access to the harbour despite all the benefits it could offer, they did say however that if there was a public response to their survey asking for historic ships, apprenticeships, marina facilities and an all-round great facility they may consider including it. Northfleet’s Vision is as per the picture with all its benefits. The EDC survey invite is as follows, we need as many people as possible to respond so if you know anyone also keen on seeing the harbours restoration including please get them to respond. “We want you to help shape the future of Northfleet by taking part in our survey online here https://lnkd.in/g_2euTA. We’re looking at creating a new riverside quarter but ideas and thoughts are needed.”

Please respond it’ll take less than a minute, the Thames already has lost too much boating access and we already have miles of housing on the riverfront preventing boating access.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Situations vacant for 2018 Archaeology program;

 

We are looking for an enthusiastic individual/s to help manage and/or supervise our volunteer community archaeological program, hours to suit. The pay is £0 unless you bring your own funding program. The harbour has potential for finds from very early, it has a known passage of Romans, Saxons, Elizabethans as well a rich industrial heritage being one of the original modern cement producing sites starting in the late 18th Century.

 

We are also looking for volunteers to assist in the community archaeology, fun and finds guaranteed.

 

All enquiries to;  admin@northfleetharbour.org.uk

Archaeological scoping report available free on request, just drop a note to the above email with your request.

 

 

 

Northfleet Harbour is the site of what is the most exciting opportunity for a Thames Marina and maritime centre on the Thames. This fully intact harbour could be home to hundreds of yachts and powerboats as well as dozens of historic ships, boat sales, repairs and a whole maritime leisure, sporting, heritage industry. Situated just 5 mins from Ebbsfleet International Railway Station this puts Northfleet Harbour 25mins from Kings Cross, London and just a couple of hours from mainland Europe and Paris.

 

 

 

 

Northfleet Harbour in the 1950's

This picture shows the huge size of the harbour,

although tidal in this picture with the introduction of a lock gate it will have a retained depth of 5 metres in places which will make for a very usable facility.  

 

 

 

Northfleet Harbour is  situated a few miles up

stream of Gravesend just before Swanscombe

Peninsular at 51.450423,0.327787

From the river it is SW of the Tilbury Docks

entrance on the South of the river.

From the land it is in Northfleet at the bottom of

College Road parallel with The Creek. From the

train it is 5 mins walk from Ebbsfleet International.

 

 

 

                       

                                                         

 

 

Northfleet Harbour Marina ( Ebbsfleet International 's marina)
 
Northfleet Harbour Restoration Trust has been set up to
reverse the decline and decades of neglect of Northfleet
Harbour and to bring it back into use, we will be looking to reopen the harbour to the River Thames by creating an opening in the flood wall that cuts across the entrance, once open the harbour will be home to employment, boat repairs, historic sailing ships, marina services, heritage interpretation, education and much much more.
 
This website gives a flavour of a truly unique historic asset which when restored will create a much needed maritime centre on the lower reaches of the Tidal Thames, please take a moment to bookmark this site and when you get time have a look at the gallery and the rest of the website to get an idea of the size of the harbour, the vessels it has and can cater for and some of the rich heritage showing how the site has been used by mariners since Roman times and possibly earlier.
 
 
Currently the Lower Thames has very limited resources with no public slipways, small boat repair facilities, walk on walk off public landing stages, fueling, victualling, historic ship moorings, this Historic Harbour's restoration would change all that. 
 
 
 
   
If you would like to help see this valuable but forgotten harbour back in use for boat repairs, training, education, marina usage, clubs, youth, historic vessels, traditional boat building, sail making, heritage, tourism and I am sure the list could go on, please get in touch and lend your support to Northfleet Harbour Restoration Trust, contact Conrad Broadley 0756 219 4757 broadley@btinternet.com.
 
Now is the time to register any interest in use whether as business,marina operator, historic ship, community enterprise or leisure mooring, but also equally important it is time to show your support whether simply a comment on the comments page, letters of support, funding or a more active involvement, it all helps.
 

 

 We could get several nice size historic ships on this quay

 

A whole Harbour of maritime opportunity just waiting to be used.

  

  

 

Since the harbour was blocked off it has silted over and become overgrown, even without desilting there is still a good 3ms depth on this harbour wall.

This is the flood defence wall where the lock gate will go, note its high tide on the Thames side of the wall as can be seen by the ship passing by.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This stretch of harbour wall is where the Elizabethan Hall Orme House was situated.

 

The harbour at high tide, the lock gate will keep a very user friendly harbour all year round.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For more pictures please have a look at the gallery.

 

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Please sponsor us, however small or large it will all help to bring the harbour and Thames Heritage back into use and life.

 

 

 

 

 

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