A warm, friendly Heather welcome

We are delighted to share Heather, an historic boat, artistic refuge and home for over a century, laying on the ancient Broads Waterways of Norfolk.

It is our aim to preserve the distinctive character of Heather, enabling future generations to enjoy her charms. We welcome you to explore the houseboat and bountiful riverside beyond...

Andrew, Timothy and Christopher

19 October 2011

The Ongoing Saga of Heather's Mooring

In the the adjacent cut with her winter awning 'jacket' on 

We are currently facing difficult times. The unique landscape of  the Broads waterways is presently managed by the Broads Authority, who are responsible for all planning. Heather's current home berth is under threat, despite our mooring her here intermittently over several years and having the landowner's full permission.

King's Staithe in the late afternoon sun

Earlier in the year, research uncovered from North Norfolk District Council (the original planning authority for Hoveton St John) proved that the King's Head Hotel quayside is listed as 'Private/Public Moorings'. Unfortunately the current planning body, the Broads Authority have failed to recognise our findings and persist, without evidence with the view that these moorings are of 'historical 24 hour visitor use only'.

The Broads Authority's approach is clearly impacting on the future mooring of Heather. We have recently been asked to remove her by Authority officers.

Heather therefore has some challenging times ahead. We will keep you posted on further developments.

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King's Head Staithe, Hoveton, pictured from Wroxham public Parish Staithe