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Compartment 29 and 30 consultation leaflet

Compartments 29 and 30 proposed solutions

C29 and 30 combined consultation responses


Compartment Information

Name: Oulton
Number: 29
Location: Oulton Marshes

Compartment Status Information

  Preliminary Appraisal
Planning Approval
Construction Works
In progress

Compartment Photos


Arial photo courtesy of Mike Page.

Compartment Description

Compartment 29 includes a 2493m stretch of floodbank on the right bank of River Waveney, between Fisher Row Floodgate at the mouth of Oulton Broad and The Fleet. There are a few historical sites such as Arnolds Mill which is thought to have been built in the 18th Century and was later converted into a diesel driven pump house. Also, the remains of Skeppers Mill and the Church of St Michael, which dates back as early as 12th century, are also found within the flood compartment. Recorded archaeological findings include a medieval copper jetton of Edward II or Richard II, a medieval Bronze finger ring and an early 16th century Sieburg Stoneware mug.

There is a permissive footpath that links Fisher Row with the BA 24 hour moorings at the Dutch Tea Gardens. Additionally the Angles Way long distance footpath runs just outside the landward boundary of both compartments 29 and 30 from Blundeston Marshes to Oulton Broad. Fishers Row is a well known site for bank fishing within the compartment and can be accessed from Oulton Marshes by a public footpath. Angling by boat also occurs along much of the River Waveney, Oulton Dyke and Oulton Broad. The George Prior Engineering Angling Club controls the waters at Oulton Dyke where the season for coarse fishing runs from 15th March to 15th June.

Suffolk Wildlife Trust own an area of fen and have recently acquired a large block of grazing marsh within the compartment. BESL and the Environment Agency have been helping the Trust with dyke restoration in order to improve the value of the site for wildlife.

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