ESSEX & SUFFOLK WATER, IN CONJUNCTION WITH ESSEX WATERWAYS, WILL BE REPLACING THE STEEL SEA LOCK GATE AND UPSTREAM TIMBER MITRE GATE AT HEYBRIDGE BASIN DURING THE WINTER OF 2016/17.
The lock is at the end of Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation, running from Chelmsford through to Heybridge Basin where it meets the Chelmer estuary and the sea.
More information about the Navigation can be found on the link below.
As the historic owners of the sea lock gates, Essex & Suffolk Water is responsible for keeping both of these gates operational for Essex Waterways’ use (formerly The Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation Company).
A survey of the existing sea lock gate in early 2014 found to be beyond economic repair.
A feasibility study and a design for a new gate was carried out during 2014-2015 and we propose a like for like replacement, with some updated features added.
What’s happened so far?
Phase one of the project was completed during the winter of 2016. This involved replacing the upstream timber gate and installation of the sea lock gate rails with associated works. Following testing the lock was re-opened in March 2017.
What’s the plan now?
Phase two of the project consists of installing and commissioning the Sea Lock Gate and replacing the central upstream timber gate.
Preparatory work for phase two will begin in September 2017, and from 2 October 2017 the lock will be closed to public and local businesses while work on the gates is taking place. A footpath diversion will be in place for the duration of the works. We anticipate that the lock and the footpath will be re-opened in March 2018.
Under our statutory obligations, we maintain many of the structures on the Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation which includes Heybridge Sea Lock.
We recognise that our works may inconvenience you at times and we are committed to reduce the impact that the works may have on you.
We want to provide an outstanding service while we work in your community. To help us deliver this, we have outlined some key statements for our employees and partners to work to.
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