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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

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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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.