Mooring and slipway improvements
The Broads provide around 120 miles of navigable waterways and is established as an important area for recreational boating. A large number of both private and hire craft regularly use The Broads as a result there is a high demand for facilities such as moorings. The entire BESL project area is adjacent to navigable waterways and often existing facilities such as moorings or slipways are located next to the floodbanks. Where possible BESL aim to improve such facilities, or provide new facilities where appropriate, as part of the floodbank improvement works. The majority of the mooring enhancement areas are managed by the Broads Authority or as parish staithes thus ensuring, once the works are completed, that they are available for public use. In addition to these formal enhancements, BESL also look to retain piling for informal moorings for as long as possible often undertaking repairs and maintenance works such as topboard replacement to make the area safe. All piling work, whether for formal mooring areas or just for flood defence purposes, is designed with safety features such as safety chains or ladders.
Below are some examples of BESL enhancements.
In the following locations, formal mooring areas have coincided with the flood defence improvement works. Whilst on site BESL have re-piled these areas (which also serves to support the flood defences behind) and also provide enhanced features, such as safety chains and ladders, mooring posts and surface finishing, to benefit the use as moorings.
South Walsham Fleet Dyke
A section of Broads Authority 24 hour moorings were re-piled and improved; completed in 2007. Previously the piling was in poor condition and this area was prone to flooding.
Another Broads Authority 24 hour mooring area upstream of the Reedcutters Public House was re-piled and improved; completed late 2007. Some aspects of the pub moorings were also improved to provide structural integrity to the flood defences and to make the area safe.
Rockland Staithe moorings and informal moorings on Short Dyke - two sections were re-piled and improved in 2004
The Broads Authority 24 hour moorings were re-piled and improved.
As part of flood defence works downstream of Beccles, a new slipway and ramp over the floodbank was provided for Beccles Amateur Sailing Club to replace the existing structure; completed early 2006.
New parish slipway and access ramp over the flood defence wall; completed 2005.
Replacement parish slipway and piling; completed 2007.
This was a partnership scheme between BESL, the Broads Authority and Cantley Parish Council to provide a new parish slipway and moorings adjacent to the sugar beet factory. BESL provided design and planning support and this scheme was constructed alongside a small length of flood defence bank adjacent to the factory. Additional funding was sought to provide these facilities as specified by the Broads Authority and parish council, who now manage the site. ((Click here to learn more about this scheme)
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