EEL PROTECTION SCHEME

River Bure (Belaugh)

The Eel Regulation Compliance project at the River Bure in Belaugh is for installation of eel friendly screening equipment at our abstraction point on the river. The work is driven by the need for Essex & Suffolk Water to comply with the Eels Regulations (2009) and will improve the biodiversity value in the River Bure.

Project updates

Update by Nicola Wigington

Site establishment will begin at Belaugh in a couple of weeks' time (from Monday 15th June). The welfare and storage area will be set up at the Pumping Station site. At the river, preparations will be made for the piling works which we expect will start towards the end of June. More details will follow when the dates are confirmed.

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Update by Nicola Wigington

We're expecting to start on site in the next few weeks and in the lead up to this our contract team have been working hard to finalise the designs. They have provided a 3D model to give you an idea of what the final installation will look like (click on the thumbnail picture to see an expanded view). You can see on the model the three cylindrical screens underwater, the floating boom in front of the screens to separate them from passing river traffic and the kiosk that will house the rest of the equipment.

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Update by Nicola Wigington

As mentioned in my previous update, our projects have been reviewed taking into account the benefits as well as our ability to deliver them safely and this project has been given approval to proceed. Although the main driver for the Eel Screens Programme is regulatory we are also replacing the existing outdated screening systems, for the Belaugh project this means that there will be a significant improvement in the resilience of the supplies to over 51,000 properties in Norfolk and Suffolk.

Our works will take place in line with the government guidance on social distancing and sanitation. Any part of the works that cannot be carried out within the guidelines will be postponed until the situation changes or will be redesigned for safe delivery. We would also appreciate it if you would remain at a safe distance from the site team while the work is underway.

The schedule of the works has already been affected which has delayed the start and it is also likely that the overall timescale will be longer than originally planned to enable us to work within these new rules. The works are still in the planning stage but we expect to start on site soon, probably in late May or early June. I’ll be posting more updates as the project progresses.

If you would like more information about Essex & Suffolk Water’s works and services in relation to Covid-19 please take a look at our main website, I’ve included some useful links below.

ESW Website, COVID-19 General Information and Advice:

https://www.eswater.co.uk/help/covid-19/

ESW Website, Essex & Suffolk Water’s COVID-19 response:

https://www.eswater.co.uk/help/essex-and-suffolk-water-covid19-response-information/

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Update by Nicola Wigington

Covid-19 Update:

Following the latest government advice, projects are currently under review to ensure that only essential works are carried out. As the site works have not yet commenced for this project there are no immediate impacts.  We will continue working on plans and designs but it is likely that the start on site will be delayed. Further updates will be issued when more information is available.

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Update by Nicola Wigington

Project progress update in relation to Covid-19:

Currently the project is progressing and we are continuing to plan with the expectation of starting on site in the next few weeks. We will continue to monitor government advice and will provide updates via this portal if anything changes.

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Update by Nicola Wigington

Work has started this week on replacing the old fencing around the intake site, see the before and after photos below.  These works are expected to be completed next week.

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Update by Nicola Wigington

We've been making good progress carrying out non-intrusive surveys in preparation for the start of the construction works and are planning next week to undertake a ground investigation survey which will involve a small rig being brought to site to drill a hole into the ground by the intake.  This survey is to check the ground conditions in preparation for the installation of the control kiosk, several soil samples will be taken at different depths.  The surveying is planned to start on Monday 27th January, it will be done during normal working hours and is expected to last a maximum of two days.  There is likely to be some intermittent percussive noise while the borehole is being drilled, it may take up to 30 minutes to drill for each sample but there will be breaks in the drilling while the sample material is collected.  Our contract team will aim to keep any disturbance to a minimum.

To provide safe access to site for the plant and equipment we will be temporarily installing traffic lights on the main B1354 Coltishall Road, just for the duration of the survey.  Vehicles will access and exit the Belaugh site via Back Lane as described on the Traffic Information tab of this website.  The traffic management will be removed after the survey works and will only be reinstated when it is required for the main construction works.

We've recently undertaken a similar survey on our River Waveney site in Suffolk, so please take a look at the attached photos for reference.

The following week (Monday 3rd February) work will start on replacing the stock fence around the site.  This should have minimal impact in terms of people and vehicles and the work is planned to take 1.5 weeks.

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Update by Nicola Wigington

Hi everyone,

We're planning to carry out a survey of the Belaugh pumping station and intake sites and the adjacent field this week using a drone (weather permitting).  I'd just like to reassure you all that the drone will be operated by our experienced, licenced operator and it will be programmed specifically to capture images relevant to the site works, no residential properties or land will be included in the survey or stored.

If you have any queries please feel free to get in touch via the comments below.

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Update by Nicola Wigington

Hi and thanks for visiting our community portal for the River Bure at Belaugh Eel Regulations scheme.  My name is Nicola and I’m the Project Manager for Essex & Suffolk Water.  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/February 2020, commencing with the temporary access track between the pumping station site and 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.  You may also see some of our team and other contractors visiting the site to undertake surveys before the main works start in the New Year.

We held a great interactive session with local residents at the village meeting on 31st October.  From that we've listened to your concerns and are reviewing the plans for traffic management to minimise disruption whilst maintaining safe access for all road users.  We need to discuss these options further with our traffic management experts and the Highways Authority and when we have any developments I'll add an update to this portal.  For more details please also check out the 'Traffic Information’ tab and click on the roadworks icons.

To find out more about the project 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. 

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