EEL PROTECTION SCHEME

River Waveney (Shipmeadow, nr. Beccles)

The Eel Regulation Compliance project at the River Waveney in Shipmeadow 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 Waveney.

Project updates

Update by Nicola Wigington

The project is progressing well and on schedule. This week the team have been working on preparatory groundworks.  Handrailing on the bridge over New Dyke has been completed (see photo) and some additional ducting has been installed up to the location of the new kiosk. The piling works were originally planned for this week but have been rescheduled due to subcontractor availability so it's now due to be done in the week beginning Monday 13th July.

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Update by Nicola Wigington

Works are continuing this week at the river intake, installing handrailing on the existing concrete bridge over New Dyke to make it safer to cross and preparing for the piling works which are due to start in the week commencing 29th June. The piling will create a foundation to support the new control kiosk and there will be three piles installed. The work 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 piles are driven in (similar to the ground investigation borehole works that were done in January). Our installation team will aim to keep any disturbance to a minimum and the piling technique chosen for this job is 'bottom driven' which is a much quieter method than traditional top hammering techniques.

The photos attached to this update show the initial ground preparations that have been done for the kiosk installation.

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Update by Nicola Wigington

Site establishment will begin at Waveney next week (from Monday 8th June). The welfare, storage and parking area will be set up in the field just to the west of the Pumping Station site at the top of Lock's Lane. 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 four cylindrical screens underwater, the protective floating boom in front of the screens 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 Waveney project this means that there will be a significant improvement in the resilience of the supplies to over 42,000 properties in 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

Hi and thanks for visiting our community portal for the River Waveney at Shipmeadow Eel Regulations project. My name is Nicola and I'm the Project Manager of this scheme for Essex & Suffolk Water.  I'll be providing updates on behalf of the 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 on the field, between Lock's Lane and the river. This will enable us to access the site safely with larger 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.

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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