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  1. Good evening all, some further updates for you below that you may have missed: 1. The Boat Safety Scheme (BSS) have introduced extension to safety certificates for those craft requiring an examination in the period until 14 April. It's possible this may be extended further when new Govt. guidance is issued. More information: https://www.boatsafetyscheme.org/about-us/news-and-press-releases/news-releases/nr20-001-covid-19-bss-temporary-suspension 2. We have received communication today that from Monday 30 March Network Rail will not be able to open Trowse, Reedham, Somerleyton and Oulton Broad swing bridges to river traffic. This is due to staffing issues arising from Coronavirus and the availability of mechanics. More information: https://www.broads-authority.gov.uk/boating/navigating-the-broads/boating-news/network-rail-swing-bridge-closures 3. Finally, we've managed to update the liveaboard essential service page with some more businesses who are remaining open to provide fuel, pumpouts, water etc: https://www.broads-authority.gov.uk/news/information-for-liveaboard-boaters All the best, Tom
  2. Thank you for the kind words there Chris. We certainly aren't anywhere near as important as our NHS/teacher/refuse collector/supermarket (etc.) heroes right now but we're trying to do our best, from the Rangers still out on the water to our tolls department who have been busy fielding answering queries all day. It certainly hasn't been a quiet week in the (non job ) Communications Team this week with the almost constant communicating of changing Government guidance to our stakeholders and answering hundreds of questions from some (very understandably confused) boaters, visitors and other members of the public. Speaking on a personal level it is always greatly appreciated to get some nice feedback every now and again. Stay safe all and enjoy your weekends (... indoors or within your immediate local area that is!) Tom
  3. Furthermore, we have today put together a short web page with some information for those living aboard their boats, with a list of some local businesses who have made arrangements to offer essential services to the liveaboard community. Myself and a few colleagues rang a large number of yards but many are closed for the foreseeable future, hence it is rather short. We appreciate that the online hive mind is very effective so if you know of any business that is open and fits these criteria (who would like to be added to the list for public benefit) please get in touch and let us know. https://www.broads-authority.gov.uk/news/coronavirus-covid-19/information-for-liveaboard-boaters Best, Tom
  4. Good evening everyone, We have issued a further statement today (24 March 2020) regarding Coronavirus. I have reproduced it below for your interest. Waterways and boating On 23 March the Prime Minister instructed that people should only make journeys for a limited number of essential purposes. The advice states that: “Essential travel does not include visits to second homes, camp sites, caravan parks or similar, whether for isolation purposes or holidays. People should remain in their primary residence. Not taking these steps puts additional pressure on communities and services that are already at risk”. We urge people to follow these instructions. Primarily for safety reasons the Broads Authority Rangers will continue to patrol the Broads and Broads Control (01603 756056) remains in operation for those that have to remain on board their boats. Rangers will not be patrolling Breydon Water. Private boat owners should therefore be vigilant and mindful of bridge heights in the Lower Bure. They will be able to call the Great Yarmouth Yacht Station for advice on 01493 842794/07766 398238. We have decided to open the Great Yarmouth Yacht Station on 29 March and staff the mooring at Reedham in the interests of public safety because mooring at these locations can be challenging. The Norwich Yacht Station will remain closed. At the current time the Government has indicated that construction work can carry on. We will therefore be continuing our maintenance and safety work such as maintaining moorings and dredging so that the Broads will be in good shape to welcome people back when we are able to. This position will be kept under constant review to ensure that we are in line with the latest Government instructions. Private boats that are kept or used in the Broads navigation area or adjacent waters do still need to be tolled. We fully appreciate the frustrations that private owners have in not being able to use their vessels during this time, coupled with financial concerns that many are facing. The Authority will give careful consideration to exceptional circumstances that mean a private boat owner is unable to meet this commitment. We ask for your understanding that tolls fund essential navigation works which need to carry on even if the majority of boaters cannot currently benefit from them. The Broads Authority is particularly conscious of the dire position that hire boat operators face. The Authority is therefore highlighting the provision in the Broads Authority Act that hire boats that are not being used and are effectively in storage in their own yards, do not incur a toll. Tolls provide £3.5m per year which is the main income that the Broads Authority is permitted to use to maintain the waterways. The Authority is therefore also seriously impacted and has asked the Government for funding to support the navigation and local businesses through this difficult time. We are aware that those that live on their boats will still require essential services and we have created a web page that contains information for liveaboard boaters. We will endeavour to keep this page updated but stress you should check with each business individually as the situation continues to change daily. Rangers will be mindful of individual circumstances and the need to comply with Government instructions which will limit the movement of boats. If you have to be on board your boat in rural or isolated areas, make sure you inform friends or relatives where you are and that you know your precise location in case you start to feel unwell. If there is a medical emergency the emergency services will be able to identify your location more easily if you have a postcode or a ‘what3words’ phrase. You can identify your exact location using a ‘what3words phrase’. You can do this using the what3words smartphone app. Alternatively if you locate your position on http://www.streetmap.co.uk . You can then get the ‘what3words’ phrase using the “click here to convert coordinates” link just under the map. Google Maps does not provide a ‘what3words’ phrase but can accept one. If you want to contact the Broads rangers to report an incident or you need assistance, you can phone Broads Control on 01603 756056 or email Broads.control@broads-authority.gov.uk. Please always phone 999 in case of emergency. We will keep the situation under active review and update you in line with changing circumstances and guidance. Other Broads Authority Services Our Visitor Information Centres are closed to the public. We can however offer information over the phone and email (01603 756097 or 01603 782281 hovetontic@broads-authority.gov.uk) and on Visit the Broads. Many of our services are continuing to operate such as planning with members of staff working from home. We thank you for your understanding and patience during this time. More information is available here: https://www.broads-authority.gov.uk/news/coronavirus-covid-19/ Thank you and stay safe, Tom
  5. Hi all, An update copied over from our social media for interest. There is some overlap here with what was in the original post and what has been already discussed in this thread. A further update is expected tomorrow 24/03. 1. Following on from the Government’s latest guidance on social distancing in relation to COVID-19, people should avoid travelling unless it is essential. 'Essential travel does not include visits to second homes, camp sites, caravan parks or similar, whether for isolation purposes or holidays. People should remain in their primary residence. Not taking these steps puts additional pressure on communities and services that are already at risk.' - UK Government, 22 March. There is currently no Government-enforced travel ban. The waterways remain open for access should it be required, we are not in a position to be able to close the river system. Social distancing measures are steps you should take to reduce social interaction between people that will help reduce the transmission of Coronavirus. Please read the Government advice regarding essential travel, social distancing and self-isolation and take appropriate action (available on our web page below). 2. A number of boatyards have temporarily closed with immediate effect, including Richardson's, Norfolk Broads Direct, Broads Tours, Waveney River Centre, Barnes Brinkcraft, Herbert Woods, Freedom Cruisers and Sanderson Marine. Many of these closures extend to the end of April 2020 at the earliest. Those who are currently hiring a boat, have booked to hire a boat in the future, or those with private berths are asked to contact the businesses directly or await contact to make necessary arrangements. Please let us know if additional boatyards have closed and need to be added to our list. Broads Authority Rangers will help with informing hirers of their current position when on the water. 3. All pubs, restaurants and cafés in the area are now closed until further notice, with the exception of those operating takeaway services. Many accommodation providers and attraction are also closed for the foreseeable future. Please see our website for more information: https://www.broads-authority.gov.uk/news/coronavirus-covid-19
  6. Good afternoon everyone, I hope you are all keeping well As some of you may have seen we have created a web page regarding Coronavirus and the impact it has had on our work and the Broads area: https://www.broads-authority.gov.uk/news/coronavirus-covid-19. It details the meetings and events we have had to cancel, as well as other measures that are being put in place to help deal with the situation at hand. I thought it would be helpful to draw your attention to a few points that we have received enquiries on over the last few days: We are well aware that the impact of Coronavirus may affect your ability to pay your river toll in time. Our Tolls Team will, as always, be sympathetic and understanding of individual circumstances in this particularly challenging environment. Please give them a call on 01603 756080 if you require advice. Our office is closed to the public but tolls can still be paid online or over the phone. At this stage there are no proposals for any refund of the annual toll. We are supporting Government guidance regarding social distancing and the avoidance of non-urgent travel. However, there is no enforceable travel ban in place and the waterways of the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads still remain open for public access. It is the responsibility of individuals and businesses to read the Government guidance and act as they see appropriate. We do not have any powers or responsibility to completely close the Broads in this instance. Our Tourist Information Centres at Hoveton and How Hill will not be opening for the start of season. Reedham and Great Yarmouth Yacht Stations will open for the start of the season (because of the safety implications relating to tidal waters). Norwich Yacht Station will not open or be staffed (access to the site will be at your own risk). From 1 April, we will be operating a Tourism Information service by telephone and email to help deal with enquiries. Please contact 01603 782281 or visit our contact us page. The Authority is aware and concerned about the likely impact of the Coronavirus emergency on the important tourism businesses in the Broads and in particular on the hire boat industry. We are in touch with the Broads Hire Boat Federation and have agreed to stay in regular contact so that we can monitor the situation and see what we can collectively do in response. In the meantime, Visit Britain’s website has some helpful information on measures in place to support tourism business during the Coronavirus crisis: https://www.visitbritain.org/covid-19-new-coronavirus-latest-information-and-advice-for-businesses Finally, although many of our staff are working from home (myself included), operational work is set to continue with additional measures in place. If you have any queries relating to tolls, planning or anything else, please bear with us whilst waiting for us to get back to you. We'll help you out as soon as we can. If there's any Broads-related questions I can help with regarding the unfolding situation please feel free to ask here, via social media, our contact channels or send us a private message. We are keen to maintain a high level of communication with our stakeholders and keep you in the loop with any developments. Enjoy the rest of your evening and stay safe, Tom / Broads Authority
  7. Hi all, Some reading on the move in this article by the EDP. It includes a few of our photos from the move: https://www.edp24.co.uk/news/norwich-s-floating-restaurant-vagabond-has-been-towed-out-of-the-city-centre-1-6565501 Tom
  8. Hi all, Thanks for sharing our page - I will post a further update regarding COVID-19 and the Broads on here later on today. 1. We have prioritised the opening of Reedham and Great Yarmouth Yacht Stations due to the safety implications of them being particularly tidal locations. 2. Unfortunately having Norwich's facilities remain 'open but unmanned' wouldn't be a practical solution and would pose a whole host of other issues due to the site's close proximity to the city. As far as I am aware, access to the site will remain closed as it has over the winter. Vessels have still moored there over the winter period at their own risk. We are hoping to return to normal operations as soon as circumstances allow. 3. The new Carrow moorings were planned to open in the near future, although with these recent developments that may have changed. Our Operations teams are currently still at work but please stay tuned for further updates. 4. Our current stance regarding visiting the area is to share Government guidance on social distancing and avoiding non-urgent travel if possible. Unless the Government attempt to enforce a total ban on travel, the waterways still remain open for people to access should they wish to. It is down to individuals and businesses to follow Government advice and take appropriate action. 5. For further updates as they happen please keep an eye on our website: https://www.broads-authority.gov.uk/news/coronavirus-covid-19 Thank you for your patience whilst we try to keep up normal operations during this challenging time. Stay safe out there. Tom
  9. Hi Gancanny, If you direct message me with your details I can get our tolls department to take a look for you. Cheers! Tom
  10. All of the time spent by our staff involved in the escort was paid for by the owner. I gather the move went well and she's now in the temporary location whilst works are undertaken by contractors. Tom
  11. Thanks @ranworthbreeze you beat me to it! Have a great weekend.
  12. Hi Grendel, Yes we do have data from previous years, although the method of surveying has recently changed and become more advanced. If anyone wanted to ask to see the data it would be best to put in a contact form on our website: https://www.broads-authority.gov.uk/contact-us/contact-form Tom
  13. Hi all, A restriction on the navigation will be in place whilst vessel ‘Vagabond’ (the floating restaurant) is escorted under-tow between Foundry Bridge and Trowse Eye on the River Wensum between 01:00hrs and 23:00hrs on 8 March. Vagabond will moor temporarily at the Deal Ground while essential work takes place. The onward journey along the River Yare to Breydon will commence as soon as the work is completed. Visit our website for full information on this Notice to Mariners: https://www.broads-authority.gov.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0008/1874879/NTM-04-2020-Navigation-Restriction-Vessel-Vagabond.pdf Thanks, Tom NTM-04-2020-Navigation-Restriction-Vessel-Vagabond.pdf
  14. Hi @JennyMorgan Plough (or rake/agitation dredging as it is sometimes known) uses a bar or blade with spikes, which is pulled over the seabed behind a suitable ship or boat. It is used mainly in shallow water. As the boat and the tide current pulls the bar, the spikes scrape the seabed material loose, and the tide current washes the material away, hopefully to deeper water. This has an effect similar to that of a bulldozer on land, levelling out sediment on the seabed. The work will be taking place on isolated sediment shoals on the Lower Bure and Breydon Water during March. It is difficult to pinpoint an exact time as to when the works will take place, as this has to happen on the strongest ebb tides between high slack water and low slack water during daylight hours to ensure the sediment ends up where we want it to. Hope that's helpful! Tom
  15. Correct @grendel, that'll teach me for having two tabs open
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