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EEL PROTECTION SCHEME
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River Chelmer (Langford)

The Eel Regulation Compliance project at the River Chelmer in Langford 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 Chelmer.

Project updates

Update by Nicola Wigington

The project has entered the final stages, I'm very pleased to report that the 28 day trial was completed successfully and the new screens coped really well with the heavy flooding over the Christmas period.  The footpath has been reinstated and was reopened in December.  The last few stages of the scheme will include optimisation of the screen running times and a general site tidy up.

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Update by Nicola Wigington

The screens have been running well since the installation last month, commissioning is nearly done so we're about to enter into the final testing period. The last few civils works are being completed, installing the fencing and making good the footpath ready for the diversion to be lifted, hopefully by mid-December.

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Update by Nicola Wigington

Excellent progress made last week, the eel screens have been lifted into place so commissioning and testing can now begin!

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Update by Nicola Wigington

The project is really starting to develop now.  Deliveries for some of the larger items have been happening over the last couple of weeks and the main kiosk and framework are now in place.

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Update by Nicola Wigington

Work is now well underway at the river, installing the concrete bases for the new kiosks and divers have been in the water preparing the base for the new eel screens to be laid onto. Beautiful weather today as well!

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Update by Nicola Wigington

We're starting to set up the working part of the site near to the river now so you'll soon start to see some new fences being put up and the footpath diversion will shortly be in place. Because we'll be using a crane to lift the screens and associated framework over the current footpath and into the river we need to close the existing footpath to keep everyone safe. Look out for the footpath closure signs and follow the diversion route. When we have large vehicles moving to and from the site you may be asked to wait a few moments for the vehicles to manouevre safely. Please respect the site fencing, signage and instructions of our team for your own safety.

There is a simple diagram attached to this update indicating the approximate locations of the footpath closure and of the diversion route.  Please click on the picture to see a larger version.

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Update by Nicola Wigington

Hi everyone,

Site establishment is now well underway and the temporary works to provide access between the river and the treatment works will be starting soon.  We'll be carrying out some ground surveys in the next couple of weeks so you may notice a little activity near the river.  We did have some delays to the start of the project but we're still very much on track to deliver it before the end of the year.

We haven't needed to divert the footpath yet but when we do, I'll be sharing the route of the diversion on this site so if you think that might impact you please remember to check back for updates, or follow the project to receive notifications.

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Update 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!

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