News - Banks on the River Stour, Bournemouth

NEW - 6th February 2012 // UPDATE - 28th March 2012 // UPDATE - 30th April 2012 // UPDATE - 17th May 2012 // UPDATE 3rd July 2012

UPDATE - 3rd July 2012

E-mail Reply from Councillor Ronald Whittaker
3rd July 2012
RE: River Stour Bank Works

River Stour Bank Erosion

The River Stour banks.

Martyn.

Thank you the report its very helpful. These will leave mainly September / October to carry out the works, really hope we can then meet the timetable before the weather worsens, well perhaps it can't get much worse than at present.

Martyn, the feed back from one resident is somewhat different to what you have indicated, one only has now to look at the bank to see it has slipped. That's why i have mentioned additional planting if such would stabilise the existing bank, perhaps when Paul is back we can meet on site.

Again thank you Martyn.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

E-mail from Martyn Sexton, Technical Officer, Parks, Bournemouth Borough Council
3rd July 2012
RE: River Stour Bank Works

Dear Cllr Ron,

Update

Paul Ambrose has been working hard preparing the Gateway 2 bid for August 22nd, deadline for documentation is 31st July. He is currently on leave but will be back in time to finalise and submit the paperwork.

Paul has met various specialised contractors at Muscliff to clarify the extent and scope of the works required. My understanding of the proposals:

- to support and stabilise the bank to prevent from further undermining using rock rolls in some areas and willow spilling

- to repair and reinstate the footpath

- to undertake significant works to two existing willow trees by the mooring platform. At present they drag in the river causing considerable stress on the bank, the plan is to lift these and remove any limbs clear of the water line. One of the trees will be mostly removed.

- works to be undertaken this year

The area being considered for repair by is longer than reported by Mouchel.

I would have to wait until Paul returns from leave to answer the concerns from residents, but I am sure that all parties considered the bank to be stable and once the repair works were completed and reinstated this would prevent any further movement.

I hope this answers your enquiry. Paul is due back 23rd July after which I can get a more accurate response for you.

Regards
Martyn Sexton
Technical Officer, Parks, Bournemouth Borough Council

UPDATE - 17th May 2012

E-mail Reply from Michael Rowland - Parks Development Manager, Bournemouth Parks, Bournemouth Council
16th May 2012
RE: River Stour Bank Works

Cllr Ron,

Materials will be specified by engineers in the detailed feasibility, we'll ask them to keep you updated.

Michael.

E-mail Reply from Councillor Ron Whittaker
16th May 2012
FW: River Stour Bank Works

Michael,

Thank you, so I can now presume that the works on that particular section of Muscliff river bank will be undertaken as you say late summer, can I be told of the type of material, will it be Rock Rolls.

Again many thanks,
Councillor Ron Whittaker

E-mail Reply from Michael Rowland - Parks Development Manager, Bournemouth Parks, Bournemouth Council
16th May 2012
RE: River Stour Bank Works

Dear Cllr Ron,

Apologies, I was talking to Gary about updating you yesterday. We went through gateway one with no problems and are now working up a detailed scheme for Gateway two (after which we undertake works). In the meantime we are now applying to the Heathlands Fund for the capital to undertake these works that will be specified shortly. We're still aiming for a summer start (albeit late summer).

Regards,
Michael.

E-mail Reply from Councillor Ron Whittaker
16th May 2012
FW: River Stour Bank Works

Michael.

Know this has now been before the gateway board, can you please give me details.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

E-mail from Michael Rowland - Parks Development Manager, Bournemouth Parks, Bournemouth Council to Councillor Ron Whittaker
13th April 2012
River Stour Bank Works

Dear Cllrs Anderson and Whittaker and Claire,

Please could you circulate this email to Environment Scrutiny Panel as an update on the River Stour Banks Works Feasibility, which we presented last October. I am giving a verbal update to the Economy and Tourism Scrutiny Panel next week, which will mirror this.

A combined Gateway 1 bid for feasibility funding to prepare five bank restoration schemes has been submitted to the Executive Gateway Board for the May meeting. The work on this bid was undertaken on behalf of Parks by Engineers Paul Ambrose and Geoff Turnbull. The Environment Agency have also been consulted with and involved in proposals to date. They may be able to advise on sources of funding but have indicated they have no funds for works themselves.

The outcomes for this work are to prepare detailed and costed schemes for five areas of River Bank (Stour Valley, Iford Meadows and Playing Fields, Hengistbury Head, Tuckton and Bourne Stream in Central Gardens).

Our priority work for this year will be getting schemes developed (subject to Gateway Approval) for Stour Valley and Hengistbury Head, whilst undertaking ground testing at Iford. We will also be submitting applications for funding to the SE Dorset Heathlands Executive for funding to undertake works at Stour Valley, Hengistbury Head and Iford.

We will update you further following Gateway Board in May.

Kind Regards,
Michael Rowland
Parks Development Manager, Bournemouth Parks - Bournemouth Borough Council

UPDATE - 30th April 2012

Economy and Tourism Overview and Scrutiny Panel Minutes

UPDATE - 28th March 2012

E-mail Response from Councillor Ron Whittaker
22nd March 2012
RE: River Stour - Gateway 1 submissions Update

Erosion on the banks of the River Stour

Councillor Ron Whittaker standing by the river banks.

Martyn.

Yes somewhat disappointed by this as you know the panel [Environment and Transport Scrutiny panel in October 2011] after seeing very clear evidence and none more so than the detail report from Mouchel highlighting the erosion and slippage of that particular section of the path, and further erosion on that section will see the entire loss of the footpath preventing access to the Local Nature Reserve, all of these endless concerns were addressed in 2002 to then Roger Brown [head of Leisure services], nothing was done, with the small amount of resources required that this has to be treated with some urgency, also what has happened to be requested about seeking funding from the environment agency as they must have some responsibility for the erosion of the river banks.

Clearly this work must be carried out this summer to prevent any possible slippage here as this section of the path CANNOT be set back any further without encroaching upon the rear of residential properties or further destabilising steep slopes.

By now missing gateway 1, this will clearly put back the programme as we then have to go for gateway 2 which focuses on the business case for the project, again valuable time is lost.

Any delays here will not be well received in Muscliff, so please ensure that everything is in place and hopefully we can move speedily into gateway 2 and works as planned to start in August/September after ALL WE ARE NOT TALKING OF MAJOR WORKS but more of Rock Rolls to build up the effects of erosion and creating a foothold for vegetation growth, can you please ensure you are in detail discussions with the Environment-Agency on this.

I WANT THIS PROJECT TO MOVE FORWARD AND AFTER SOME 12 YEARS BELIEVE IT NEEDS PRIORITY.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

E-mail from Martyn Sexton to Bournemouth Councillors
22nd March 2012
River Stour - Gateway 1 submissions Update

Dear Cllrs,

Unfortunately we have not made the deadline for documentation submission needed for the April EGB. Paul Ambrose and Geoff Turnbull are working on behalf of Parks and have advised that the submission will now be made for the May 9th EGB to include all 5 schemes (Muscliff, Iford Meadows, Tuckton and Bourne Stream).

Regards
Martyn Sexton
Technical Officer, Parks, Bournemouth Borough Council

6th February 2012

Response from Councillor Ron Whittaker to Daily Echo Bournemouth
1st February 2012
RE: Muscliff River Stour Banks

Sir.

Having read the comments from resident in, Moordown [Echo 31st] regarding his comments appertaining to "what is happening to our beautiful River Stour, over many past years i can assure Mr. Jenkins that both my ward colleague and myself have spent months if not years drawing various officers attention to the clear deterioration and erosion to the river banks and paths, i still hold correspondence from year 2000 which also then identified these issues.

It was then in December 2010 that the council commission a detail technical report from Mouchel that identified the works required to prevent further erosion of the banks and yes current footpath, also in 2011 the two main Overview panels met to consider the recommendation which covered area from Muscliff to Ilford Meadows, Tuckton. Hengisbury Head, in the case of Muscliff it gave support to my request for "urgent remedial works close to the existing board walk" where a safety fence has been installed, we are hoping with identified funding that a start will be made this summer before we lose the path entirely, can i add the residents of Throop and Muscliff have been kept informed by our regular newsletters.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

E-mail from Michael Rowland, Parks Development Manager, Bournemouth Parks - Bournemouth Borough Council to Councillor Ron Whittaker
6th January 2012
RE: Muscliff River Stour Banks

Dear Councillor Ron,

Here's where we are....

The Minute from Env. Scrutiny (attached) in October was this: That the proposed programme of river restoration works be endorsed, with the addition of the comments made by the Ward Member regarding the consideration of urgent remedial works and the possibility of using rock rolls on the section of the riverbank in Muscliffe (as identified by the Ward Councillor).

In the report we took we had prioritised the projects as follows:

  • Iford - detailed feasibility incl. soil testing needed. Talk to Env Agency (risk of contaminated watercourse needs to be assessed ASAP). If the bank collapses EA will do work and charge us - which will be a big liability.
  • Tuckton - phased approach required as very expensive job - detailed feasibility study required - talk to Sembcorp about potential contribution.
  • Muscliff - low cost project - could be brought forward with Hengistbury
  • Hengistbury - low cost project - could be brought forward with Muscliff - risk is erosion of main path that is used by the noddy train
  • Bourne - lower risk

Martyn then brought this report up at CAMG in Nov/Dec and the advice was to take the projects to Gateway Board.

So this is what we’re now suggesting to do.....

We need to involve Planning and Transport engineers (we'll meet Paul Ambrose in the next two weeks) in helping us to work up case by case G1 papers. I'm suggesting we bundle them and approach them as follows:

  • Hengistbury Head and Muscliff - Gateway 1 ASAP to work up a detailed feasibility to get a budget because they are relatively simple and low cost. Then (if approved) go to Gateway 2 with a bid of to get both bits of work done in the summer.
  • Iford - G1 ASAP to look at detailed costs and soil testing to find out how long we have to undertake work and severity of risks if we don't
  • Tuckton - G1 detailed feasibility (later in year) need to talk to Sembcorp about issues and then decide if we take a phased or all at once approach as this is a very expensive project.
  • Bourne Stream - G1 detailed feasibility (next year)

I hope this makes sense.

Michael Rowland
Parks Development Manager, Bournemouth Parks - Bournemouth Borough Council

Environment and Transport Overview and Scrutiny Panel Minutes

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