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November 2021

Trust volunteers have now completed the wooden footbridge platform and the restoration of the 230 year old brick abutments that the platform sits on over the River Gipping, just above Baylham, but it is not open yet to walkers.

Volunteers are now working hard on developing a safe means of accessing the footbridge; this will involve some temporary steps up to the footbridge platform.  We are hoping to have these temporary measures in place over the coming weeks, enabling the permissive path and footbridge to be open to walkers towards the end of the year/early January, with the intent of having a grand opening in the Spring, hopefully with local media coverage and supporters.  We then hope to open the permissive path as an ‘accessible to all’ path suitable for appropriate wheelchairs, mobility scooters and baby buggies.

October 2021

Sewage Discharge into Rivers

We have been advised that in mid-September the Environment Bill was passed in the House of Lords which includes Amendment 60 to clause 80 which will place a duty on sewerage undertakers to take reasonable steps to ensure untreated sewage is not discharged from storm overflows, and demonstrate improvements in the sewerage systems.

This is the British Canoeing view

The State of Our Rivers Report  published by The Essex and Suffolk Rivers Trust allows the English public to understand the health of their river like never before, on both a national and local scale. The report gives one clear message: the race to climate resilience will be won or lost on rivers – and we are currently losing.  The report shows that:

  • Agriculture contributes towards nearly two-thirds of rivers failing to meet good status; the water sector over a half, and the urban and transport sector a quarter.
  • With no significant improvements in the last 5 years our rivers are flatlining – we need a radical rethink for rivers.
  • Nature holds the key – we need real investment in nature-based solutions, at scale.
  • Government must act more boldly, but business and local partnerships are critical to the solution too.