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  1. riverman

    The Response From Ba.

    'And Pete - what company goes around asking other people what to do before making decisions? Why should the BA be any different?' I think that's quite a strange comparison to make. In what way do BA behave the same as a private for profit company? Also from my experience, it's not uncommon at all to quietly consult your competitors when you're a bit stuck or trying to improve how you do something. Usually not the bosses asking each other mind you. But that is entirely beside the point, BA don't listen to anyone, not even their own staff. It's entirely correct that nobody is irreplaceable, however some are more cost effective to replace than others, something BA would understand if they were a business.
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    The Response From Ba.

    The problem with elaboration in regards to a lot of information coming from within BA is that those at the top know exactly which members of staff such information would come from. I have no interest in making any of there staffs lives any more difficult. However I believe this is relatively common knowledge. There has been an agenda for some time to completely do away with crane dredging in favour of 360 excavators, even though it has a lower cost per m3. In regards to suction dredging/mud pumping, it's all about density. Equipment to pump high density mud is (probably) prohibitively expensive for a public operation like BA. A cutter suction machine like a Watermaster that will achieve 80% density is well in excess of a million per unit. Just a little context and the reason why I say 50000m3 isn't a lot. Our last large scale dredge, 4 men, 2 barges, a crane to load and a 5t 360 to unload was comfortably achieving 1000m3 per week. All this with a 2 1/2 mile return trip with the spoil. The equipment and barges are all at least half the size of BAs. The real answer, with the benefit the hindsight, would have been to make BAM remove spoil from the rivers whilst undertaking the flood alleviation works. Unfortunately that ship sailed. Please don't take any of this as BA bashing. I know plenty of people with years of knowledge and practical understanding of the broads that could help BA become more efficient, myself included. Unfortunately, they just don't want to know, probably because we don't have a degree.
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    The Response From Ba.

    Not to further BA bash, but doing piling and dredging for a living gives me some insight. 50000 cube, for an operation on that scale is pathetic. Toll payers are already paying for an efficient dredging solution, however (and this is fact rather than just BA bashing) certain individuals within the authority have decided on a preferred method irrelevant of efficiency.
  4. Subsidence? They only repaired them in the summer? Speaks volumes.
  5. riverman

    Quay Headings

    Not a problem at all. I would be more than happy to take a look, if you want to PM me your details. If I can't help, I can certainly point you in the direction of someone who can.
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    BA Volunteering

    To anyone looking to volunteer some labour, I personally think that's a much more worthy cause than BA. And from what I've seen Lori and the NWDCT lot really crack on.
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    Quay Headings

    Difficult one without seeing it with my own eyes although a hole any lower than your front board shouldn't usually be there. I don't know about that, excellent advice, you'll be doing me out of a job. The only thing to really add to it would be if putting in decking, make sure your back supporting uprights are long enough. Quite often see boardwalk that's sunk at the back after dredgings have been put on a plot and it looks terrible. Also, wood waste, chippings, shreddings, all brilliant as backfill underneath a boardwalk. Light, gentle on the piling, easy to move, usually free. There's no point wasting good money on soil you'll never see again.
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    BA Volunteering

    In all seriousness, and without any spite towards my peers, you would probably be just as competent.
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    BA Volunteering

    I don't know the ins and out, but for some reason they don't seem to have the same quantity of manual volunteers as they used to. Possibly insurance, possibly the hand holding required when utilising volunteer labour.
  10. riverman

    Here We Go Again! / An Apple a day

    Shame, I quite liked it. I now also look like a crazy person
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    Wherries

    Isn't there one buried in your yard at Statham?
  12. riverman

    Here We Go Again! / An Apple a day

    Please don't get me wrong, the fact that most threads on here have a bit of BA bashing speaks more about they way they operate than the people commenting on this forum, personally I take great pleasure in tearing BA to pieces.
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    Here We Go Again! / An Apple a day

    Not really, from what I have seen on here, most threads at some point have a bit of BA bashing as light relief at some point. Back onto to topic though, are we saying the pancake mix is adhesive for the shingles or are we cooking them to create shingles? If so, I'd recommend a slightly different mix and make American pancakes, I would imagine the thickness would help with heat loss and overall structural stability. There again, I have never known a canoe to carry a spare so I suspect you have bigger problems than the advantages and disadvantages of bicarb in pancake mix, and the inherent benefits to heat loss when making roofing shingles.
  14. riverman

    Here We Go Again! / An Apple a day

    I don't know, once again we're into BA bashing but I don't think it's all as simple as that. It's difficult to say too much without giving the game away, suffice to say the BA residents, some quite senior, thought it was good what he was doing. It reminds me of our political system, BA being the party (whichever one) in power and everyone else being the opposition. The opposition can have the best idea for something that would be generally beneficial but the party in power can't be seen to take those on board in fear they'll lose face. If BA are good at one thing, it's keeping themselves in charge.
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    Here We Go Again! / An Apple a day

    But what's wrong with that? It was there own money. No, in fact I was thinking of another private individual who we done work for. The man in question bought a swamp, had it cleared, spending quite literally hundreds of thousands in the process, just to be refused to permission to grass one of the islands. GRASS. Not some enormous house, or mooring basin. He wasn't doing it for any commercial reason, just wanted to tidy it up for himself and the other residents (including some BA workers) down the road. Apparently grass isn't natural there..... BA should be grateful for individuals like these not fight them, they are few and far between.
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