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Latest Updates

By Nicola Wigington

Hi and thanks for visiting our community portal for the River Chelmer Eel Regulations scheme.  My name is Nicola and I’m the Project Manager.  I’ll be providing updates on behalf of our project team throughout the life of the scheme so please remember to check back regularly to follow our progress. We’re planning to start works in January, commencing with the temporary bridge and access track between the River Chelmer and the Langford Treatment Works (to the north of the river).  This will enable us to access the site safely with large vehicles like the crane which will be used in the main installation later in the year. We’ll be putting in a temporary footpath diversion for the riverside path and this should be in place from late January/February.  This will separate our works from the public and will help to keep everyone safe.  When the details of the footpath diversion are finalised they’ll be made available on the ‘Traffic Information’ tab.  Please visit again later for more details. To find out more check out the various pages on this project site.  If you have any queries, have a look at our FAQs or contact us via the comments.  Merry Christmas to you all and look out for updates in the New Year!

By Sophie Saunders

We are planning to do the final mains connection on Thursday 29th November which will then be reinstated the following day. The crew on site have worked very hard and we are pleased to say that the scheme will be completed this week with the road closure coming down on Sunday 2nd December. 

By Sophie Saunders

This phase is progressing well,126 metres of 450mm pipe installed since Saturday 17th November, reinstatement is taking place today to where we have laid. Photo attached: One of the reinstatement crew, floor sawing the trench edge to make a neat edge ready for the hot rolled asphalt to bind against.

By Sophie Saunders

The team on site are still working extremely hard. Phase 4 finished at midday on Wednesday 14 November with the road closure coming off at midday. The phase 5 road closure has been set up from Beccles Road/Crab Lane junction to Mallard Way. Phase 4 total length of 450mm ductile iron pipe was 375 metres.

By Sophie Saunders

Since phase 4 started on Monday 29 October there has been approximately 200 metres of 450mm ductile pipe laid and as shown in the attached photos. The trench has been back filled ready for concreting later today, once cured the black hot rolled asphalt will be carried out for the permanent finish. Second photo shows the pipe within the barriers ready for installation when required.

By Sophie Saunders

Work was completed on time crossing the 5 way multi traffic light junction, the temporary traffic lights were taken down Saturday 27th October at 2pm. From Monday 29th October we have now progressed into the Phase 4 Beccles Road to Crab Lane road closure. The team on site this week have been erecting the fencing to enable to complete trial holes at various locations to determine the route of the new main. The carriageway will be planed today so excavation can start as soon as possible, photos attached of the road closure and the carriageway.

By Sophie Saunders

The blue cabin opposite the Sun Inn public house is being moved on Monday 29 October after helpful feedback from local residents.

By Sophie Saunders

We are currently working through the 5 way junction along Beccles Road, this is were Church Lane/Mill Lane and Long Lane all join onto Beccles Road within a space of 60 metres, through this section we are working under temporary multi way lights and pedestrian crossings. The crew have installed the new 450mm ductile main underneath the existing 8” steel gas main. The working area has also been kept to the bare minimum as to allow the traffic to flow freely. We are still on course to finish Phase 3 on Saturday 27th October.

By Dan Wilson

Work at site has now been completed and the new screen is functioning well to protect eels, the environment we work in and provide screened water to support our Abberton reservoir. As a reminder, this project was driven by our commitment to enhancing the biodiversity value of the rivers we abstract from and comply with the assocaited legislation, in this instance, the Eel Regulation (2009). Lets hope that this project contributes to an increase in the number of eel in the River Stour.   May we take this opportuninty to thank the residents of Brantham for their understanding and patience through the extended construction period. 

By Tim Wagstaff

Hi everyone. This is the first project update for Every Drop Counts in Barking. I'm Tim Wagstaff and I am the Essex & Suffolk Water Project Manager for Every Drop Counts in Barking. I and the rest of the team will be posting updates throughout the project to let you know how it is going. The project team is made up of many people and organisations all focused on supporting customers save water, energy and money. There is a 'Meet the Team' tab on the front page that introduces some of them.  WHAT IS THE ISSUE? Although it always appears to be raining, Barking is in fact one of the driest regions in the UK, receiving less rainfall than places like Spain and Greece. This is why, at Essex & Suffolk Water, we are passionate about promoting the efficient use of water so helping to protect the environment and meet the needs of future generations. Every Drop Counts is one of our campaigns that demonstrates our commitment to saving water and energy, and helping our local communities. WHY BARKING? We have chosen to deliver Every Drop Counts in Barking to support the local community. Being one of the main growth areas in London over the next 20 years we want to support the local community in making the Borough a more sustainable and resilient place. Each of us manage to get through a staggering 4,500 litres of water a month which is the equivalent to 56 baths of water. If everyone in Barking takes part we can save a swimming pool of water every day. HOW CAN YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE? Did you know the water you drink is sourced from the River Lee which is then stored in King George’s Reservoir and then cleaned at the Chigwell water treatment works? Using less water helps to maintain some of the outstanding natural environment at these wildlife rich sites and provides a great place for important species to breed. HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED? This is why we are inviting you to sign up for a FREE home water and energy saving visit worth over £130. Join your community today by signing up for a free water saving visit to reduce your impact on the environment and save money. Call us now on 0800 369 9933 to sign up. Alternatively email us with your telephone number and address at demand.planning@eswater.co.uk You may see the plumbers driving around Barking or parked outside customers homes so you will know others are taking part. As I said, we will be providing updates on this Portal so please do keep checking to keep up to date. Also, please feel free to post a comment if you like and we will get back to you as soon as we can. Groundworks and Essex & Suffolk Water employees will be out and about in the community with events stands and engaging with community groups so if you see us come and say hello.  If you would like to talk to us about how you can get involved either phone 0800 369 9933, visit www.eswater.co.uk/everydropcounts or email us at demand.planning@eswater.co.uk Kind regards Tim

By Adrian Caswell

Hi All, The lock was reopened to Essex Waterways as planned over the Easter Weekend. We have decommissioned majority of the large plant and equipment, however we will still have a presence on site in April/May 2018 while we finalise testing and commissioning of the sea lock gate and carry out reinstatement of the footpath local to the gate. As always we Endeavour to keep disruption to a minimum. Please feel free to contact myself if required. Adrian Caswell 07484547115

By Adrian Caswell

Hi All, The Sea Lock Gate project is progressing well, with a planned reopening of the lock at the end of March 18, as originally planned. Thank you to everyone for your patience and consideration. I attach a few key photos of the sea gate and portal dam structure. As always, if you have any questions please contact myself directly, Adrian Caswell 07484547115 Project Manager ESW