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Education out in the Broads

On the 8th October BESL staff led a walk for a group of home-schooled students along a section of flood alleviation improvements in Compartment 5, from Ludham Bridge to St Benets Abbey. The works were completed in 2006 and incorporate a variety of defence solutions. During the walk the students were taught about the history of the Broads and the various engineering and environmental aspects of the Broadland Flood Alleviation Project as well as spotting local wildlife and exploring the archaeological remains of St Benets Abbey.

The students were shown the varied flood defences constructed in that area including new setback banks, strengthened floodbanks and erosion protection. The students were then invited to discuss the issues surrounding recent piling removal, archaeological constraints (in relation to the design of the flood defences) and the environmental impacts to be considered on the project including mitigating for protected species found within the Broads.

As part of its commitment to enhance public relations with Broads users and residents BESL continues to provide specialist talks and guided events, on request, in addition to the free guided walks offered during the summer months. If you are part of a group, or know of a group, that are interested in learning more about the project, or particular aspects of it, please contact Angela Rowe on telephone 01603 435 054 to discuss what we can offer.

Public opening of Cantley Staithe, 18th September 2010

September 18th 2010 saw the public opening of the extensively refurbished Cantley Staithe. BESL were extensively involved in the process from design through to delivery.

Click here to read more about Cantley Staithe and the opening

Get out with BESL and walk!

BESL arranged a series of walks in the Broads for this summer. All the walks were FREE OF CHARGE, all we ask is you book in advance as the number of places are limited.

We hope to provide further walks in 2011. Details of these will be published on this website and in Broadcaster, the Broads Authority spring/summer newsletter.

Compartment 3 Planning Application granted

A planning application (reference: 2009/0202) for flood defence works was submitted to the Broads Authority in August 2009. This is for flood defence works on the right bank of the River Ant.

Planning permission was granted in September 2009. Works started in April 2010.

Click here to read more about Compartment 3

Historic boat find in the northern rivers

Defence works in Ludham revealed a little more than good soil when a site operative uncovered an ancient boat believed to be over 1500 years old.

Click on the link below to read more about this exciting discovery.

Click here to read more about the boat find

Compartment 25 Planning Application

A planning application (reference: 2010/0009) for flood defence works was submitted to the Broads Authority in January 2010. This is for flood defence works on the left bank of the River Waveney between Dunburgh Hill and Beccles. Permission was granted on March 29th 2010 the works started late spring 2010.

Click here to read more about Compartment 25

Compartment 25a Phase 2 planning application granted

A planning application (reference: 2009/0325) for flood defence works was submitted to the Broads Authority in November 2009. This is for flood defence works to protect Geldeston Marshes. Permission was granted on March 5th 2010. Works started late April 2010.

Click here to read more about Compartment 25a

Major improvement schemes in 2010

These are the compartments where we will be undertaking major improvements in 2010:

New Compartments

Compartment 3 - Horning
Compartment 6 - Ludham and Potter Heigham
Compartment 6a - Hickling and Horsey
Compartment 25 - Gillingham
Compartment 25a - Geldeston (Geldeston Marshes)

Completion of works started in previous years

Compartment 7 - Thurne to West Somerton
Compartment 8 - Thurne Staithe to Boundary Farm Staithe
Compartment 11 Bure - Acle to Great Yarmouth
Compartment 13 - Cantley (Cantley Sugar Beet Factory)
Compartment 29 - Oulton Marshes
Compartment 37 - Fishley and Hermitage Marshes

Compartment 6 Planning Application

A planning application (reference: 2010/0084) for the main flood defence works in Compartment 6 was submitted to the Broads Authority in March 2010. This is for defence works from Womack Water to Hickling Broad. Permission was granted May 21st 2010. Works started at Womack Water in July 2010.

Click here to read more about Compartment 6 main works planning application

Compartment 28 phase 2 Carlton Marshes

A planning application (reference: 2010/0048) for flood defence works was submitted to the Broads Authority in February 2010. The proposal is to construct a new floodbank at the base of Petos Marsh near Oulton Broad. Permission was granted on July 16th 2010.

Click here to read more about Compartment 28

Compartment 6a Main works planning application granted

A planning application (reference: 2009/0300) for flood defence works was submitted to the Broads Authority in November 2009. This is for defence works along Somerton Dyke, around Horsey Mere and at Hill Common, Hickling. Planning was granted on February 5th 2010. Works are due to commence 2010.

Click here to read more about Compartment 6a

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