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Havengore Bridge Operational

This is to inform you that Havengore Bridge is operational and can be accessed when the Range is not active and Havengore Creek is navigable.

Regards, Nicki

Nicki Uden – Community Liaison Officer, SHOEBURYNESS RANGE
Direct: 01702 383468
Mobile: 07920 525597


 Sea Wall maintenance

The Environment Agency is repairing the seawall near Canewdon on the River Crouch between Upper Raypits Farm and Black Point.

Workmen will be repairing the front face of the seawall by breaking out concrete blocks that have sunk or lifted and removing bitumen grout from the affected areas. The old concrete blocks will be placed at the toe of the seawall as ballast and the holes in the face of the seawall will be repaired with concrete fill.

Workmen will wear special protective clothing as a precaution due to asbestos being found in the grout.  The risk to health is considered low because the asbestos is contained within the grout and fibres have little chance of being released even if the grout is disturbed.

David Knagg, Operations Delivery Manager for the Environment Agency said: “We want to reassure people that they are safe to walk along the footpaths on the seawalls that contain asbestos in the bitumen grout. Firmly bound asbestos does not readily release hazardous or breathable fibres. The risk to people and wildlife is minimal and as this is an open coastal area the risk is reduced even further.”

The work will prevent further deterioration of the seawall revetment which could otherwise lead to a decrease in the levels of flood protection. These repairs will prolong the life of the seawall.

Access to the seawall footpath at this location will be unaffected whilst maintenance work is on-going.

The work starts in late-November and will take five weeks to com

New Buoys

All of the existing buoys from the Whitaker Channel to Burnham No1 Fairway buoy will be replaced and the number and quality of buoys will be greatly increased. There are presently 16 navigation buoys in this stretch, three of them unlit,  and these will be increased to 30 buoys, all lit.

The work is being done in readiness for the new shipping trade importing tunnelling materials from the London Crossrail project to the RSPB’s Wallasea Wild Coast marine habitat creation project. The unloading pontoon for the project is presently under construction in Poland and the shipping operation to Wallasea Island  will start in March 2012. In all some 29 new buoys have been purchased.

Crouch Harbour Authority Chairman John Archer said, “ We are very pleased to be able, with Crossrail’s assistance , to announce this major improvement in marking of the Crouch and its approaches. This is the first real benefit that  mariners, both commercial and leisure, will see from the  Wallasea Project. Hitherto the Crouch has been quite a difficult river to enter for strangers. The new buoys will change that and we hope will encourage visiting yachts, as well as making navigation safer for commercial ships.”

The new buoys are  larger than the existing ones, with higher focal plane lanterns and closer spacing so they will be much more visible. The main Whitaker Channel and Outer Crouch buoys will have synchronised pair flashing lanterns using the latest technology. For the first time the shallow Swallowtail Bank  which obstructs the entrance to the river when approaching via the Spitway will be properly marked.

Crouch Harbour Master Mark Wakelin said “ This will be a major improvement in the ease and safety of navigation in our river.  It is not widely realised that CHA’s boundary  goes right out to the Whitaker and close to the Spitway, and in the past that has been a difficult area with shoals and often confused seas. The new buoys will make it much easier for yachtsmen to be certain of their position, and to stay within the deep water.”

Crouch Harbour Authority have produced a chartlet illustrating the new buoys, available from the Harbour Office (tel 01621 783602) and also on their newly modernised website  This chartlet is based on the 4.00m LAT contour which gives a much clearer impression of the Crouch channel than standard charts which are based on the 5.00m LAT contour – so may be of interest even to experienced Crouch hands. New editions of the Admiralty and Imray charts are being produced.


Wildlife fears after River Crouch sewage leak

WILDLIFE campaigners fear efforts to re-introduce fish to a stretch of river have been scuppered by a sewage leak.

Anglian Water admitted its pumping station in Runwell leaked raw sewage into the River Crouch.

It came after Crouch Conservation Trust member Andy Newell, 34, of Beauchamps Drive, Wickford, spotted sewage flowing down a drainage ditch, leading from the pumping station to the river, on Thursday.

This was a blow to Mr Newell and other campaigners from the trust, who have tried to encourage fish and other wildlife to return to the stretch of river passing through Wickford Memorial Park and Runwell, by removing hundreds of tyres, shopping trolleys and other litter.

The river has been barren of most wildlife since more than 1,000 eels, roach, chub, perch, bream, and carp were killed by a sewage leak from another Anglian Water pumping station, in Wickford Memorial Park, in August 2009.

Mr Newell said: “We’re trying to keep the river clean to encourage fish and other animals back. I hope this latest leak hasn’t done a lot more damage.”

Mr Newell has reported the incident to the Environment Agency, which is responsible for investigating sewage leaks.

An Environment Agency spokesman said the river’s water was running clear now, but it would continue to monitor the situation.

Anglian Water was fined £27,000 and ordered to pay £27,837 costs by the courts, after the firm plead- ed guilty to causing the 2009 leak.

Speaking about Thursday’s leak, an Anglian Water spokesman said: “A power cut in the Runwell area on Thursday evening caused the pumps at one of our pumping stations to stop.

“Unfortunately, this led to an overflow of sewage into a local ditch, which triggered an automatic alarm. One of our engineers was immediately sent to the site to assess the situation.

“As soon as sufficient power was restored to operate the site, he was able to restart the pumps and stop the discharge.”