Work set to begin on barriers to protect special site

Work is to be carried out by the end of the month to install new barriers to prevent further damage to a specially protected site on the banks of the River Stour.

The project at the end of Shore Lane, Bradfield, was originally unveiled earlier this year. It was due to be completed in March but had to be put back.
The aim is to stop vehicles churning up saltmarsh, mudflats and beach which provide a valuable habitat for birds and a beauty spot for locals to enjoy.
The initiative has been developed by the Stour and Orwell Estuaries Management Group with the support of the Natural England, RSPB, The Crown Estate, Essex County Council, Tendring District Council (TDC), Bradfield Parish Council, the landowner and the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).
The land is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Protection Area (SPA) and £4,000 funding has been provided from the AONB’s Sustainable Development Fund and The Crown Estate.
New information boards about the area and how to look after it will also be installed.
Carlo Guglielmi, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Planning and a representative on the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB Partnership, said that it had been hoped the work would have been completed by the end of March.
“Due to unforeseen delays this scheme had to be put back but I am delighted that the barriers will now be in place by the end of the month,” he said.
“Damage has been getting worse over the last few years and these new measures will prevent vehicles gaining access to the area and to launch boats.”
Adequate gaps will be left between the barriers to allow for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.
Bradfield Parish Council has supported the protection of the saltmarsh and beach and will be putting in a bench at the end of the lane for people to be able to enjoy the view. 

Work is to be carried out by the end of the month to install new barriers to prevent further damage to a specially protected site on the banks of the River Stour.

The project at the end of Shore Lane, Bradfield, was originally unveiled earlier this year. It was due to be completed in March but had to be put back.

The aim is to stop vehicles churning up saltmarsh, mudflats and beach which provide a valuable habitat for birds and a beauty spot for locals to enjoy.

The initiative has been developed by the Stour and Orwell Estuaries Management Group with the support of the Natural England, RSPB, The Crown Estate, Essex County Council, Tendring District Council (TDC), Bradfield Parish Council, the landowner and the Suffolk Coast and Heaths Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

The land is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and a Special Protection Area (SPA) and £4,000 funding has been provided from the AONB’s Sustainable Development Fund and The Crown Estate.

New information boards about the area and how to look after it will also be installed.

Carlo Guglielmi, TDC’s Cabinet Member for Planning and a representative on the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB Partnership, said that it had been hoped the work would have been completed by the end of March.

“Due to unforeseen delays this scheme had to be put back but I am delighted that the barriers will now be in place by the end of the month,” he said.

“Damage has been getting worse over the last few years and these new measures will prevent vehicles gaining access to the area and to launch boats"

Adequate gaps will be left between the barriers to allow for walkers, cyclists and horse riders.

Bradfield Parish Council has supported the protection of the saltmarsh and beach and will be putting in a bench at the end of the lane for people to be able to enjoy the view. 

 

By Jemima Thompson on June 27th, 2012

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