Following discussion between Brightlingsea Harbour Commissioners (BHC) and Hampstead Homes (London) Ltd – in Liquidation (acting by its LPA Receivers) - the freehold owner of Waterside Marina, it has been agreed in principle to incorporate the dredging requirements of the marina within the larger dredging programme that BHC announced last month and suspend activity on the proposed bag impoundment scheme.
BHC has partnered with authorities in the Netherlands, Belgium and France to identify innovative uses for the dredged material that are resource efficient, environmentally friendly and address climate change, and an application has been made for financial support from the European Union.
An initial feasibility study has commenced looking at several sites within the harbour for salt marsh regeneration.
The intention is to commence physical dredging operations inside the marina within the next few months. Further detail will be promulgated in September and is available from the Harbour Office
As part of improving safety and facilities within the harbour, Brightlingsea Harbour Commissioners have purchased a defibrillator for the use of harbour users and the local community. It is presently located inside the harbour office, but an outside option is being investigated so that it can be available outside of office hours. In the event of an emergency which necessitates the use of this essential lifesaving equipment please call for the support of the harbour staff, the majority of who are also first aid trained
The Brightlingsea Branch of the British Naturalists Assocication had an enjoyable if cold trip in the harbour on 25th January. There is always something very interesting to see in the harbour and winter is no exception.
Thanks to Liz Artindale and our Commissioner Nigel Taylor for the photographs.
Its often quite on the water at this time of the year but not for us, the workshop is a hub of activity! The Buoys need a clean up and fresh coat of paint and the Pontoons the same. Our ferries are all out in the yard having a jet wash and MOT too all ready for another busy season in 2015.
From the Colchester Gazette
'FIVE men caught speeding on jet skis and speedboats along the River Colne have been fined hundreds of pounds. They were caught travelling faster than eight nautical miles per hour, about 9mph, near Brightlingsea marina. The operation on Saturday, July 13 was aimed at cutting antisocial activity on a day there were hundreds of people on the town’s waterfront.
Rebekah Straughan, prosecuting on behalf of Colchester Council, said each of the defendants had breached byelaw three of the Harbour of Colchester Byelaws, introduced in 1985.
Annie Feltham, councillor responsible for leisure services, said: “Speed limits on our rivers are in place to ensure the safety of all river users, whether they are on jet skis, speed boats or swimming.“These defendants were three times over the speed limit.” '
We were lucky enough to have a visit by our local conservation officer Brian Percival along with a RSPB Botanist to survey both the Cindery Islands, they were most informative so we thought we would share their findings with you, this is their report...
"On Behalf of the Club, thank you very much for allowing me to use a launch to take the RSPB botanist onto both the Cindery islands for a plant survey.
As we know “2nd Cindery” is about 10-12” lower than “1st Cindery” which makes it attractive to different plant species. We found large areas of Saltmarsh Grass and Arrow Grass with areas of flowering Thrift or Sea Pink and common Sea Lavender and Red Fescue on the higher settings “Sea Purslane” and “Glasswort” we also noted. First Cindery provided a more varied selection of saltmarsh plants in addition to those mentioned above, one of the most exciting being “ Shrubbery Sea Blite” which requires a very narrow saltmarsh habitat base, it likes to its feet wet, but not too often! I pointed out an interesting historical note on 2nd Cindery island, explain that the wildflowers have managed the islands since 1977, and, in 1980 the town council were concerned about erosion from the constant passage of sand barges so we placed a series of posts along the north edge of the salting’s exactly one metre in from the salting edge.During our survey we found that some of these posts had fallen in to the creek, but the majority we now on the edge or close to it. So, in thirty-three years we would appear to have lost about a metre or just under".
Following a fatal incident in Padstow Harbour the MAIB (Marine Accident Investigation Branch) have issued a safety bulletin which is available to download click here