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  1. A Plea From Dr Packman Of The Broads Authority

    I'm with you, Marshman. Mud weight or "wild mooring" for me. Apart from W Somerton, or the "Quiet mooring" at PH in order to catch an early low tide to get through the bridge next morning, I've not spent a night on a "formal mooring" for years.
  2. News From The BA

    As one of the few who can and does at every opportunity pass under that bridge and enjoy the upper reaches of the Thurne, I would be very saddened if explicit restrictions or poor weed cutting and dredging made it impossible to sail there. As for the bridge itself, William Dutt wrote in 1906 that "The old Waterman's Arms had been pulled down and new inn built and it will not be surprising if before long something is said about building a new bridge. But to remove the old structure wold be a great pity, for Potter Heigham Bridge, with its rounded central arch and pointed flanking ones, is a fine example of mediaeval bridge - building." He goes on to mention that "A little way above the old stone bridge another bridge spans the river - an ugly one, over which runs the coast railway from Yarmouth to Cromer". Well, at least that's gone, but I wonder what he would have thought about its replacement. Not long before those times, Hickling, Whiteslea and Heigham Sounds formed a mainly shallow broad of some 650 acres. No chance of ever getting that back!
  3. News From The BA

    Anyone who wishes to complain can do so to the National Parks, particularly those which aren't finalists and so might feel selecting the Broads is unfair on them. A list of contacts can be found on the web site. http://www.nationalparks.gov.uk/about-us/contact-us
  4. News From The BA

    Fergus's email is Fergus.Collins@immediate.co.uk. He also copied his reply to Carys Matthews <Carys.Matthews@immediate.co.uk> and Maria Hodson <Maria.Hodson@immediate.co.uk> I was directed by the BBC to http://www.immediate.co.uk/contact-us/
  5. News From The BA

    Still not displaying. I'll try attaching as a pdf. Hope it works this time! Reply.pdf
  6. National Park? Does It Matter?

    If the Broads became a NP, it would be governed by the Sandford Principle which is stated on the government NP site as: “If there is a conflict between protecting the environment and people enjoying the environment, that can't be resolved by management, then protecting the environment is more important”. There is no mention of keeping water courses navigable, so the BA could close to navigation those environments which it felt it could protect better without boats. This could be for instance Meadow Dyke, Horsey Mere, Waxham Cut, the Thurne from Martham to W Somerton and many other “extremities” which cost a lot to keep weed free, dredged and free of overhanging trees. They would, of course, keep open the main rivers so that all the big boats, which supply the majority of toll revenue could keep cruising and might even argue that more visitors would come to see the “newly protected” areas, where they could provide visitor centres and charge for viewing, bringing in even more revenue. This is not something I want to see happen and is why I oppose the Broads trying to persuade the public that it is a NP.
  7. News From The BA

    I have just complained to the BBC on the grounds that including the Broads as a finalist is unfair on the others as they are governed by the NP legislation whilst the Broads are not.
  8. Cause For Concern?

    Whilst tacking down the Thurne from West Somerton last week, I overheard part of a conversation between 2 people on the bank: “All the major boatyards have forbidden hirers to go to West Somerton because of the weed.” Does anyone know if this is true and if so how long it will last and whether it is a regular occurrence? There was evidence of weed cutting and the weed cutter was moored at West Somerton. If no one goes, the BA may think of withdrawing the free moorings. Many thanks. Bruce
  9. Hickling Broad

    I see no harm in having some signs on the first set of channel markers saying “Keep between Posts” or something similar, but this thread got me thinking what the process would be if the BA actually wanted to make any changes: Firstly there would be a committee decision to “do something”. No doubt a sub-committee would be formed with a budget and be asked to come up with a recommendation. This sub-committee would meet and over many months would eventually propose its terms of reference, which it would submit to the main committee for approval. This would be given and the construction of the sub-committee reviewed to ensure that there was a good balance of the necessary experts and interested parties represented. The real work would then begin with ideas being generated perhaps including guano repellent paint, mounting the marker posts on springs so if they are hit by boats no damage to either the post of the boat is done and the post pops back up afterwards, perhaps lights on posts or sound signals, etc.. These are sifted and discussed with other authorities, reviewed and eventually 3 proposals are defined and then a 6 month consultation process ensues where the general public are invited to see models, virtual reality mock-ups and full implementation plans. The results are created and condensed into a 300 page document which is then submitted to the main committee. The recommendation? Unfortunately, the original budget is now not sufficient to implement any of the three proposals, so the project is scaled back and the decision is to write an advisory letter to the hire companies suggesting they put a note in the cabins of their boats saying “In a marked channel keep between the posts”.
  10. Status Of Footpath Along Fleet Dyke

    Many thanks for your replies - As ChrisB says the dark side thread has all the info. Seems I might have to find another pub!
  11. Status Of Footpath Along Fleet Dyke

    I have heard that the footpath running north from S Walsham Broad along Fleet Dyke is to be closed temporarily, but can't find any details via Google and as I live 300 miles away can't easily verify for myself. I will be visiting in a few weeks' time and would like to know if I will be able to walk from the moorings at the "elbow" to the Ship Inn. Does anyone have any information? Many thanks. Bruce
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