By the early 2000s, the area which is now Whisstock’s Place was a derelict former boatyard, having suffered from the demise of the local boat-building trade in the latter part of the 20th century. Once home to a highly successful business, the site had become a neglected eyesore.
Energised by members of the local community,and members of Woodbridge Riverside Trust including Pete Clay, John Gibbins, Malcolm Hod, Mel Poole, Annie Leech, Andrew Fitzgerald and Paul Constantine and Town Councillors led by Cllr Charles Notcutt, work on the site began in earnest in 2016 to transform the area into a vibrant community space, offering recreational, residential and commercial opportunities.
Established in 2003, Woodbridge Riverside Trust is a charitable Trust whose key objectives are:
- Facilitating the enjoyment of the waterfront by the community through their participation in creative projects and the assimilation of new skills.
- Through visiting and learning from exhibitions and talks covering numerous wide- ranging subjects designed to suit all ages and interests.