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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

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 Although the main driver for the Eel Screens Programme is regulatory we are also replacing the existing outdated screening systems, for the Waveney project this means that there will be a significant improvement in the resilience of the supplies to over 42,000 properties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:

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

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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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