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Environment Agency flood defence works in the Deben Estuary

The Environment Agency November newsletter provides information about planned maintenance work on river walls in the Deben Estuary starting in November.  Click the link for more information and a map DebenflooddefenceworkfactsheetNov2012


Deben Estuary Partnership – Autumn newsletter and update on the Management Plan


The DEP Newsletter Autumn 2012 includes information about:

  • progress on the saltmarsh project,
  • DEP management plan,
  • dredging and estuary defences,
  • the big swim, and
  • Environment Agency bank cutting and reconditioning work – if you want to find out more there will be Drop In Sessions in Waldringfield (26 November) and Sutton (30 November).

The DEP Plan progress leaflet sets out information on progress in developing the Estuary Management Plan.

River Deben – River User Survey results

River Deben from the air

The RDA undertook a web-based survey over two months from 26 February to 20 April 2012.  What we wanted to know was how people use the River Deben and what they like about the river and the area immediately around it, or what they would like to see changed.

There were 9 multiple choice questions, with opportunities to add free-text comment, and one open question.

We sent notices inviting people to undertake the survey – accessible through open pages on the RDA website – to 853 RDA members and to … Continue Reading

Felixstowe Ferry Flood Defences Vegetation Management

The Environment Agency will be carrying out work at Felixstowe Ferry to remove vegetation from the sea walls.  Planned work includes grass-cutting in March and later in the year removal of larger shrubs and trees.  Click the link to see detailed information and a map of the area involved FelixstoweFerryFactSheet copy

Deben Estuary Plan – have your say

The Deben Estuary Partnership (DEP) is pioneering a new way of planning for the future. With the support of the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB Unit and the Environment Agency, the DEP are formulating a plan which gives the local community, parish councils, landowners and local businesses more involvement in the future of their estuary. They want to know what local people think and how they see the future of the estuary.

You can join the discussion at public consultation meetings in February and March:

East bank of the Deben – Sutton Village Hall on Friday 24 February, 7-9pm

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The Thin Blue Line – Felixstowe Ferry

Felixstowe Ferry residents have been advised by the Environment Agency’s Gary Warner that the blue line at the leading edge of the concrete wave wall between the Ferry and Clifflands Car Park has been applied to draw attention to the danger posed by the drop onto the beach. This is instead of fencing or signs and felt to be more environmentally acceptable.

November Forum

Another excellent Forum.

Representatives of many Deben-based organisations networked with one another on Saturday 19 November at the second RDA FORUM.

The venue was Woodbridge Cruising Club, where delegates also listened to 19 presentations
from a variety of statutory and voluntary organisations.

Topics ranged from the Deben Estuary Plan to oyster farming on the Deben, from the rock
armour at Felixstowe Ferry to scrub clearance on river walls by the Environment
Agency.  See notes below.

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Vegetation clearance in November and December

The Environment Agency will be carrying out vegetation clearance during November and December 2011. Click the link for details Debenvegetationmanagementfactsheet copy .  The rationale for undertaking such work was set out in a letter regarding clearance of  the crosswall at Felixstowe Ferry in 2009 – click the link for details EA Oct 2009 letter extract.









River wall repairs at Martlesham Creek

Approximately one mile of river wall at the junction of Martlesham Creek and the Deben, opposite Kyson Point, is being strengthened and raised. Work started on Monday 11th September and is expected to last about six weeks. The work is being funded by both the landowner and the Environment Agency. Whilst construction is taking place the footpath is closed and there is no diversion. The clay for the work is being dug from the adjacent farmland in order to save cost and avoid the environmental damage caused by hauling in the material in lorries.


Before work started, the contractor undertook protection … Continue Reading

Noticeboard: dates for autumn meetings; Whisstocks breakthrough; new Treasurer wanted; Waldringfield Sailing Club pontoon

  • RDA Forum,
    Saturday 19th November 2011; 9.30am to 12.30am; venue to be

    • Following the success of
      the first Forum, held in November 2010 at Waldringfield Sailing
      Club, invitations will be sent later this summer to all Deben-based
      organisations, asking them to nominate a representative to attend this year’s
    • Representatives will be asked
      to update others present on their own organisation’s activities and concerns,
      and will also be briefed by a number of local statutory organisations on wider
      issues and legislation that could impact river users in … Continue Reading