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Archived news from 2011

Crest raising as part of the ongoing defence and improvement works

As part of BESLs ongoing commitment to the monitoring and maintenance of the defences throughout the Broads system some of the works areas may require some topping up in order to ensure their ongoing effectiveness.

Regular surveys of the levels are undertaken as part of an ongoing monitoring programme. Floodbanks are constructed from natural material (clay and soil) and over the course of time this material can settle reducing the level of the crest. Crest raising allows for the levels to be maintained quickly and easily at the level required by the contract between the EA and BESL.

New material (clay) is sourced locally and applied to the top of the bank. Top soiled and seeded the new material soon blends in with the existing improving the overall level of defence with only very localised, temporary disruption.

BESL remain responsible for the maintenance of the defences until the end of their contract for the Environment Agency, i.e. 2021. Crest raising forms part of these ongoing maintenance works.

In quite a number of places a public right of way runs along the crest of the floodbanks. Where this occurs temporary footpath diversions will be implemented to ensure the safety of both pedestrians and the workforce. A list of areas effected by these works is given in the Temporary footpath diversions document in the brown Documents for Download box located on the left of this screen. Maps showing the specific areas are available elsewhere in this site. Click on the link below for more information.

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Careers talk for high school students

Staff from Norwich offices of Halcrow and the Environment Agency recently visited a local high school to talk to the students about careers in the environment and engineering.

Halcrow Environmental Scientist Jamie Manners joined Environment Agency engineer Matthew Philpot to talk to GCSE and A-level students at Notre Dame School, Norwich. After an introduction to both organisations their specific role in flood management projects was highlighted using the local example of the Broadland Flood Alleviation Project (BFAP) (a joint project between Halcrow and BAM Nuttall for the Environment Agency) to illustrate the types of careers that are available in this area. Further career options in the wider companys community were also touched upon.

Using the example of their own career paths Matthew and Jamie outlined the choices they had to make and the decisions the students will have to make in their own education.

The aim of the presentation was to highlight the wealth of career options available in the environment and engineering and to, hopefully, encourage the students to consider a future in those areas. This talk represents another in a series of activities undertaken by staff on the BFAP engaging with the younger members of our community increasing understanding in both the role of the Project, the environmentally rich area we are working in and the broad selection of staff needed to deliver this vitally important work to ensure the future of The Broads.

 

Compartment 20 Planning application submission

A planning application (reference: 2011/0405) for flood defence works was submitted to the Broads Authority in December 2011. This is for flood defence works on the right bank of the River Yare. A decision is due in February/March 2012.

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Compartment 10, Stokesby bollards

BESL recently submitted, and received consent for an application to install three bollards in front of the flood defence wall in Stokesby village.

The wall, located on the edge of the village green, forms part of the flood defences along the edge of the River Bure. The wall has been damaged and it was felt that steps need be taken to protect the wall from further non-watery damage. BESL will be installing 3 timber posts to this end.

 

Compartment 9 phase 2 planning application

A planning application (reference: 2011/0405) for flood defence works was submitted to the Broads Authority in December 2011. This is for flood defence works on the right bank of the River Yare. A decision is due in February/March 2012.

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Compartments 10 and 11 piling removal application granted

A planning application (reference: 2011/0262) for the removal of piling and bank reprofiling was granted permission by the Broads Authority in October 2011.

These works represent the completion of the flood defence improvements on this stretch of the river. Piling removal takes places where it has become a hazard, or where it is no longer needed, i.e. it does not form part of the flood defences and is not used for mooring purposes. Once the piling is removed the bank edge is reprofiled and given a more natural, and in time, vegetated look. Hazard markers are installed to warn river users of the sloping river bank.

 

Planning application details

All of our major works require planning permission from the Broads Authroity. Planning application documents, consultee comments and other details about each scheme can be found via the Broads Authoritys Public Access web pages (see link below). Using the pages search facility type in the application reference number, e.g. 2008/0249, into the application search page then click GO.


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