Solva Haebour Society Monthly news letters

SHS Ltd APRIL 2021 NEWSLETTER & COVID UPDATE.

Following the First Minister’s 1st April 2021 Briefing, Wales remains in Tier 3 lockdown.

The SHS and the Quay therefore operate under restrictions, members and the public MUST comply with Welsh Government Rules and Regulations. Travel from across the UK is permitted from 12th April. Boat maintenance can be carried out.

SOCIAL DISTANCING, HAND WASHING, AND MASK WEARING REQUIREMENTS SHOULD BE STRICTLY FOLLOWED.

MEMBERS SHOULD BE COLLECTIVELY RESPONSIBLE FOR SETTING A GOOD EXAMPLE AND SHOULD ASK PERSONS ON THE QUAY TO COMPLY WITH THE REGULATIONS. COVID AND THE KENT VARIANT ARE VERY INFECTIOUS AND THE PANDEMIC IS NOT OVER.

The toilets are now open for limited hours from 10-1600hrs daily subject to regular cleaning and social distancing.

The Café on the Quay has opened on 1st April for take away only. On 26th April, outdoor hospitality may be possible.

LIFT IN will take place on 29th April 2021. All boats on the Quays and hard standings must be lifted and chocks removed immediately after lift in. Access to the Quay will be restricted during lift in. No vehicles / cars are permitted on the Quays during Lift In day. Members should read the lift in instructions and prepare their vessels accordingly.

All members MUST make immediate arrangements for LIFT IN as no vessels will be permitted to remain on the Quays or the Harbour Inn car park after 29th April. Lift in forms must be submitted by 14th April to the Harbour Master and any request for work on moorings by the JCB should be passed to the Harbour Master without delay.

Work on the Kayak racks will commence shortly. Only members with a 2021 sticker who have paid their fees will be allocated a designated numbered space in future. Priority will be given to members.

The general public should avoid overcrowding on the Quay at all times. Last years’ experience showed that until boats are lifted in, the Quay becomes too crowded for safe social distancing and Covid Safety. Only member’s craft may be launched from SHS facilities at present. Trinity Quay slip is for use by members only. Member’s small craft should be launched from Sand Quay until after LIFT IN. The public may transit the Quay on the footpath and access the Café but must observe the legal restrictions. When the Quay is eventually fully opened, 2m social distancing will be compulsory and mask wearing may be required on the Quay.

Only members with car stickers are permitted to park on the Quay.

As soon as possible, when the regulations permit, the First General Meeting of Solva Harbour Society will be held, possibly as an outdoor meeting or a ‘drive in’. We hope to hold the General Meeting in JULY. Monthly Committee meetings are not being held at present as not all Committee Members have access to the correct technology for ‘Zoom’ or ‘Teams’.  A small management meeting is held weekly on Wednesday once per week to continue to manage essential business.

Thank you to all members for paying their fees and dues for 2021 in order to maintain the facilities and to meet the standing charges which have not been reduced.

SHS Ltd will do all that we can to quickly open up the facilities in a phased way when it is safe and legal do so. We will keep members informed of changes and reduction to restrictions as they happen.

Members and the Public are NOT permitted to fly drones off any of the Quays under any circumstances. (See Air Navigation Order Guidance).  

The SHS Clerk, Nicola Evans, will be in the office on the Quay to assist members on Wednesdays from 11-1400hr each week from 7th April until further notice. 

Covid 19 and its variants remain a major challenge to the safety of us all. As the vaccination process proceeds and we have all had our second vaccinations we hope that life will improve for us all, but until further notice restrictions must be observed.

The next routine monthly briefing will be published on the website in early May.

MEMBERS SHOULD CHECK THE WEBSITE REGULARLY FOR UPDATES.

Best Wishes, stay safe,

SHS Ltd

David Phillips, Chair SHS Ltd.

1st April 2021

by SBOA