About Corke Point
Howard Corke (Grandfather of current owners), and two others shared a 99-year lease of Lot 58 at 165 Hastings Drive, where a cottage was initially used as a base to go duck hunting (prior to Howard being married).
After several years the other two leasees transferred their part of the lease to Howard Corke. Howard Corke became the sole leaser.
After Hurricane Hazel, Howard Corke and his brother Ed Corke were allowed to purchase lot 58 at 165 Hastings Drive, conditional on rebuilding a cottage.
Howard & Ed Corke obtained a building permit from the local South Willingham inspector Mr. Pete Overbaugh, to build a 1-story cottage on 165 Hastings Drive Lot 58. The two families enjoyed building and multi-family recreational use of the cottage and property for several years.
During this time period we gained a neighbour directly west, at 167 Hastings Drive (Lot 59), who built a small cottage. Only a few feet separated the two cottages since they were both very close to the joining property line (and the front of this cottage was closer to the water than our cottage).
Timber piling shoreline protection installed.
Howard Corke purchased the neighbour’s cottage at 167 Hastings Drive Lot 59.
Ed Corke sold his portion of the cottage property at 165 Hastings Drive Lot 58 to his brother Howard Corke. Howard Corke obtained a permit from the Haldimand-Norfolk Regional Health Unit to replace the cottage septic system with a 2,000 gallon Class 2-6 Sewage Holding Tank. This was a requirement by the County due to high water.
Break-wall of large rocks was installed for shoreline protection between the lake and the cottage.
April December, 1985
After the passing of Norfolk Zoning By-Law 1-NO-85, which took away the right for cottages to be rebuilt. A severe storm damaged the cottage, and soon after a fire mysteriously burnt down the damaged cottage. Burn marks can still be seen on some of the original footings.
Both prior to 1985 and after family members every year continued to use the property for many uses including boating, fishing, duck hunting, swimming, beach going, camping (bbq, campfires, stargazing, tents and trailers) and just in general both day and night recreational use all while parking a vehicle on the lot.
Our family has continued to pay property taxes and constantly maintained the property (cleaned garbage up, fixed any no trespassing/private property signs, and ensured the property markers and fencing were still in place). Video surveillance in more recent years.
The property was continually maintained and used to the extent possible (family recreation & camping), with an intention always to rebuild the family cottage to the old footprint one day, when the County finally lifted the "no-rebuild" policy.
Howard and Mary Corke's grandchildren, Michael Neely and Stephen Corke inherited the family properties.
Norfolk County, LPRCA, MNRF & DFO approves Stephen Corke’s dock development proposal at 167 Hastings Drive, stating, “This proposal is not in accordance with the currently approved Shoreline Management Plan. However, the applicant has addressed the control of flooding, erosion and dynamic beach.”
Norfolk County & LPRCA staff approves the 93 square foot dock box/changehouse on top of the 508 square foot dock.
LPRCA & MNRF approve shoreline protection maintenance and repair, due to emergency high water levels of Lake Erie.
Permit obtained to build a 72 square foot open pavilion on top of the dock, which is replacing the sun umbrella.
The family cottage’s original footings, large cement fireplace/chimney base, Holding Tank and shoreline protection remain to this day.
The family property on Hastings Drive has never been abandoned nor "vacant" and continually used and maintained for day & overnight recreational enjoyment. Read more on this
Maintaining property rights at Corke Point and Hastings Drive in general has been a constant battle since the 1985 storm. More on this topic