The Faversham Creek Trust

Working to rebuild the Maritime Heritage of the Creek

Faversham Creek has been a centre for ship building and repair for more than 300 years.

In recent years Standard Quay has regenerated the heritage, skills and apprentice training of Faversham’s maritime craftsmen. It is the last stronghold of traditional barges in the South East of England. Standard Quay, on Faversham Creek’s unique historic waterway, is of national and European importance. This industry, jobs and heritage is now under threat.

In February 2011 a Petition was signed by over 1500 people;

We, the undersigned, petition Swale Borough Council to protect, preserve and enhance Standard Quay and the Creek environment for the building, restoration, maintenance and berthing of traditional vessels by all means possible including:

1. Helping to secure the quayside, land and buildings at Standard Quay so that local maritime craftsmen can continue their traditional boatbuilding and apprentice training activities, and Faversham Creek can expand as a national centre for Thames Sailing barge berthing, repair and restoration.

2. A Guarantee that any future Faversham Creek Development Plan will specifically rule out any possibility of the historic Standard Quay site being developed inappropriately in future - for example for housing, restaurants, cafes, hotels, licensed premises and retail use.

3. Rejecting any proposed change of use for Standard Quay's quayside buildings, so they can continue to be used for their traditional purposes by maritime craftsmen.

Shipshape Network will keep you updated on news and progress, see below.


November 2014 - Latest progress at Faversham Creek Trust

The Trust had plenty of developments to report at their recent AGM, including works on the Purifier building, which will soon be the venue for a shipwrights' training scheme.

The Purifier building is also becoming a popular community venue with many local events taking place there.  This has included Creek Learning - a six week programme developed by the Brents Community Association, funded by the Department for Work and Pensions and run in partnership with the Trust, with input from many other community groups and local businesses. The aim is to help local long-term unemployed people to develop employability, IT and life skills and to expand their horizons.

Read full details.


Aug 2014 - View of Faversham Creek in 1520

You can now download a fascinating poster, by Ben White, of Faversham and the Creek around 1520.

Available here.


July 2014 - Nautical Festival

Crowds turned out in the sunshine (and a little rain) to enjoy the festivities at this year's Faversham Creek Nautical Festival.

More great photos can be seen on the website.  

 


May 2014 - Neighbourhood Plan Public Consultation launched - deadline 30 June

The consultation on the pre-submission draft of the Town Council’s Faversham Creek Neighbourhood Plan has started (from 19 May) and runs for six weeks until 30 June.

It is vital to the future of the Creek that everyone makes the effort to look at the proposals and complete the Survey.  This is the last chance to affect the outcome of the Neighbourhood Plan.

A Message from Nigel Kay, Mayor of Faversham:

The Town Council believes that the regeneration of the Creek and the protection of Faversham's maritime heritage could support businesses and tourism opportunities which will do much to revitalise the whole of Faversham. We have been working for two years on a Neighbourhood Plan to achieve these objectives and we need your support to succeed.

The plan, with details of consultation events and how to respond, can be found here:

http://favershamcreekneighbourhoodplan.org.uk/consultation/.

Source: favershamcreektrust.com and favershamcreekneighbourhoodplan.org.uk


March 2014 - Business Case for Faversham Creek

The Outline Business Case for the repair and maintenance of traditional vessels in Faversham Creek, a report by Philippa Dickenson and David Irons, is now available to download.

See the Faversham Creek Trust website to read the document in full.


October 2013 - Trust Apprentice works on Centaur's new bottom

The first job new apprentices will work on will be the historic 1895 Thames Sailing Barge, Centaur.

Having recently benefited from a £100K Heritage Lottery Fund grant, Centaur, owned and managed by the Thames Sailing Barge Trust, is undergoing a refit at Tim Goldsack's dry dock at Oare Creek. She will be worked on over the next few months by a team of local craftsmen, including Faversham Creek Trust's first apprentice, Tom Browning.

Tom achieved his Level 2 apprenticeship with Simon Grillet during the Cambria restoration at Standard Quay in 2011. He will commence his Level 3 training through work experience on Centaur, combined with technical training at the Purifier Building.

We have a project page dedicated to the Thames Sailing Barge Trust and the restoration of Centaur, also under Shipshape/Thames Estaury. Click here to read more.


August 2013 Standard Quay – turning Baltic House into a wine bar

Rumours have been circulating for several weeks about work being done on Baltic House at Standard Quay (the white one in the quayside group of buildings). Was it going to be a wine bar? Did the planning authorities know?

It now appears that the answers are: yes, it is going to be a wine bar, launched with a private party on Thursday 29 August and then open to the public throughout the Hop Festival. And no, the planning authorities did not know, but they do now. Officers recently visited the site; planning permission for change of use has not been granted, or even applied for. There has also been an application for a temporary events license to sell alcohol; concern has been expressed about this, particularly in relation to the Hop Festival when there are often alcohol-related problems.

If you have any concerns about these developments, and wish to support the council officers and strengthen their efforts to enforce planning and licensing regulations, email dutyplanner@swale.gov.uk and/or licensing@swale.gov.uk.

Item taken from visionsofacreek.wordpress.com

 


August 2013 - Shipwright Apprentices Training School

Outline plan for the Shipwright Apprentices Training School
The aim of the Faversham Creek Trust is to help bring about the regeneration of Faversham Creek as a working waterway, the centrepiece of its activities being the development of a Shipwright Apprentices Training School. The scheme will evolve in two stages:

- The first phase is a pilot scheme starting in mid-August 2013. Two apprentices will begin their training in the Purifier Building, using as a template the 1930s timber yacht Mayhi, which is now laid up in the west wing. Later they will undertake 'real world' training in the commercial repair and restoration of larger vessels moored downstream.

This pilot scheme will provide a test-bed for the first full cohort of students, who will enrol in mid-2014. They will follow the same intensive programme, which lasts eighteen months, after which they can expect to move into full-time employment. The Faversham Creek Trust will adminster the scheme, the teaching programme will be accredited by Rochester College.

Anyone interested in applying to be a Traditional Shipwright Apprentice with the Faversham Creek Trust should fill in the form on the Apprentice Scheme page to register your interest.


June 2013 - Boat building skills in Faversham Recognised

Alan Staley, boat builder at Chambers Wharf, recently won the Craft Skills Award for 'Encouraging Craft Skills in the Workplace' and the YouTube video here shows Alan and his younger staff at work at his boat yard at Chambers Wharf, Faversham.

Read about the Craft Skills Awards here, and about Alan Staley’s boat building outfit here.

The good folks of the Faversham Creek Trust talk about the Craft Skills award and about boat building along the Creek in recent years here.


May 2013 - Griff Rhys Jones visits the Purifier

As part of his Kent tour for Civic Voice, Griff Rhys Jones spent the morning at the Faversham Society.

He was shown th progress on renovating the Purifier Building and introduced to the first business to take space there - the Blockmaker Colin Frake, and show the plans for using the yacht Mayhi as the basis for the Apprentice scheme.

Update taken from Faversham Creek Trust, 19 May 2013


Apr 2013 - ALL COMMENTS ON STANDARD QUAY SHOULD GO TO planning@swale.gov.uk


Apr 2013 - Standard Quay Black Building Planning Decision Thurs 11th April

Swale Council planners will decide the fate of Standard Quay on Thursday 11 April (7pm, Council Chamber).

If plans for a restaurant (+97 parking places) are accepted, the opportunity to reinstate the historic boatyard at the Quay is lost.

Only one person is allowed to speak, but public support at the meeting would be appreciated, and if you have not yet written to Swale with your views, please do so now. The ref no is SW/12/1523 AJS Case 01675 and emails can be sent to anneneil@swale.gov.uk    You can view the actual plans on www.ukplanning.com/swale

Standard Quay has been used for traditional maritime activities for centuries - not only loading and unloading vessels - but barge-building and repair, shipwrighting, rigging, sail-making, engineering, block-making, maintenance and training. All this ended very recently when the whole site was acquired by a property developer.

Putting a restaurant and car-park into the historic maritime buildings will blight the whole site as far as barge maintenance is concerned.

Please do what you can to help preserve Faversham's remarkable maritime heritage - by writing now.

Update taken from favershamcreektrust.com


Mar 2013 - Calling all supporters

Funds are urgently needed to continue with the work on the Purifier Building, which will be the shipwright-training centre and the venue for many other community activities.  A local fundraising campaign is about to launched?

So far £60,000 has been raised and spent - the roof has been renewed, and the whole building clenaed out, and windows repaired.  The next tasks include: staircase, wiring, drains and workshop enlargement.

Contact the Trust direct on where to send donations.


Feb 2013 - A Film of Standard Quay before the Barges went away

Local historian, folklorist, author, photographer and BBC radio presenter Simon Evans filmed Standard Quay 'in happier times'.

A Film of Standard Quay Before the Barges Went Away by favershamcreektrust


Jan 2013 - A Restaurant in the Black Shed at Standard Quay

The Faversham Creek Trust has reported that a planning application has been made for a change of use of the No. 1 Black Shed on Standard Quay.

This changes the use from Workshops and Storage to a Restaurant and Cambria Visitor Centre downstairs, with Art Gallery/Function room upstairs.

If you wish to comment on this development you can do so directly on the UK Planning website (www.ukplanning.com/swale); use Reference SW/12/1523

The application may be inspected at the Planning Services Department, Swale House, East Street, Sittingbourne, at 9.00am - 4.45pm Monday to Thursday and 9.00am - 4.15pm on Friday.

A copy will also be available for inspection at the Council Offices at Preston Street, Faversham Monday to Thursday 9.00am – 12.45pm; 1.30pm – 5.00pm and Friday at 9.00am – 12.45pm; 1.30pm – 4.30pm.

THE DEADLINE FOR COMMENTS IS NOW Tuesday 12th FEBRUARY

The principal issues that should be considered are;

1. that the application is premature in that it attempts to pre-empt the Creek Neighbourhood Plan that is being developed,

2. that it does not meet the criteria laid down in the current Local Plan and AAP2 for the use of Standard Quay.

Does the Town need another restaurant and can Abbey St and the Quay cope with the additional traffic and parking. It is clearly another nail in the coffin of the Quay as Maritime Heritage center. Once a restaurant is open in such a central position, it is virtually the end of boatbuilding and associated maritime trades. Gradually, working craft are being replaced by Houseboats. There are no boat repair facilities remaining nor the relevant craftsmen.

The modifications required to convert these simple buildings will irreversibly change them from simple artisan workshops and storage into modern and expensive buildings,  putting them forever out of reach of tradesmen and other maritime uses.


Dec 2012 - The Faversham Creek Trust reports excellent progress

The Faversham Creek Trust weblog has put up a very positive report following the trust’s annual general meeting held last week.

Some 100 members attended and total membership now stands at over 500.

The organisation has raised and spent we have spent £60,000, mostly on restoring the roof and windows of the Purifier Building and installing power. More than 40 tons of rubbish and scrap have removed by hand.

An outstanding issue remains the requirement for a new opening bridge to enable he upper part of the creek to be used, and to allow vessels coming up the creek to access the purifier building.

Kent County Council would like to see a fixed bridge put in place but happily are are prepared to put their estimated cost of a fixed bridge, £400,000, towards an opening bridge, and the trust will shortly publish its conclusions following a survey of the different designs available.

The trust believes comparisons with Maldon in Essex shows the potential of opening up the Creek and increasing the amount of boat maintenance and building work: a comparison with another popular barge centre of similar size, Maldon, shows that town’s tourism is about double the current level of tourism to Faversham.

The trust concludes as follows: ‘We are on track to meet our vision to see the whole Creek energised as an active maritime centre using the basin as a home port for barges and traditional craft, and with repair and maintenance facilities for them right here in the town centre; the Purifier will then become a true community resource at the centre.’

Update courtesy of intheboatshed.net, Dec 2012


Mar 2012 - Have your say about the Standard Quay Regeneration Proposals (Faversham Creek Trust)

There is an exhibition of these proposals for the development of Standard Quay on Thursday 22 March between 3pm and 7.30pm in the Sydney Room at the Alexander Centre in Preston Street.  You can see a preview of the proposals here, at the Standard Quay website: http://www.standardquay.co.uk/images/2011/6pp_A4_pages_webc.pdf

Also taking place is the Faversham Creek Consortium AGM at the Alexander Centre on Monday 26 March when the Trust will learn what they have been doing and plan to do in the future.

These important events are a rare opportunity for all those interested in the future of the Creek to have your say.

http://favershamcreektrust.com/author/favershamcreektrust/


Mar 2011 - Help save Standard Quay as a working boatyard

Faversham Creek has been a centre for ship building and repair for more than 300 years. In recent years Standard Quay has regenerated the heritage, skills and apprentice training of Faversham’s maritime craftsmen. It is the last stronghold of traditional barges in the South East of England.

Standard Quay, on Faversham Creek’s unique historic waterway, is of national and European importance. This industry, jobs and heritage is now under immediate threat.

We, the undersigned, petition Swale Borough Council to protect, preserve and enhance Standard Quay and the Creek environment for the building, restoration, maintenance and berthing of traditional vessels by all means possible including:

1.  Helping to secure the quayside, land and buildings at Standard Quay so that local maritime craftsmen can continue their traditional boatbuilding and apprentice training activities, and Faversham Creek can expand as a national centre for Thames Sailing barge berthing, repair and restoration.

2.  A Guarantee that any future Faversham Creek Development Plan will specifically rule out any possibility of the historic Standard Quay site being developed inappropriately in future – for example for housing, restaurants, cafes, hotels, licensed premises and retail use.

3. Rejecting any proposed change of use for Standard Quay’s quayside buildings, so they can continue to be used for their traditional purposes by maritime craftsmen.

YOU CAN STILL SIGN THE E-PETITION! 

Please follow this link to take you to the Standard Quay website and tab for the e-petition: http://standardquay.com/2011/03/03/e-petition-you-can-still-sign/


www.standardquay.com

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