News - Sluice Gates Throop Mill Update 2012

NEW - 26th June 2012 // UPDATED - 9th July 2012 // UPDATED 11th September 2012

UPDATED - 11th September 2012

E-mail Reply from Stuart Allen - Environment Agency
11th September 2012
RE: Sluice Gates Throop Mill

Dear Cllr Ron Whittaker,

I am pleased to report that our operatives have completed the vegetation clearance works at Throop. Please see the attached photos.

Sluice Gates Vegetation Clearance Works Throop Mill, Bournemouth 1
Sluice Gates Vegetation Clearance Works Throop Mill, Bournemouth 2
Sluice Gates Vegetation Clearance Works Throop Mill, Bournemouth 3

Kind regards,
Stuart Allen
Advisor - Dorset and Wiltshire Partnership and Strategic Overview Team
Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management
Environment Agency

E-mail Reply from Councillor Ron Whittaker
4th September 2012
RE: Sluice Gates Throop Mill

Stuart,

Thank you, appreciate you getting back with the information.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

E-mail Reply from Stuart Allen - Environment Agency
4th September 2012
RE: Sluice Gates Throop Mill

Dear Cllr Ron Whittaker,

A few days following my original email exceptionally heavy rainfall led to wide scale flooding in our area. We re-deployed our resources so that we could respond to the incident and recovery effectively. Unfortunately this has had a knock on effect and delayed our routine maintenance and project work programmes.

I have spoken with our in-house field team today. They have confirmed that the vegetation clearance works are programmed for the early part of next week, although they are hopeful that they may be able to complete the works by the end of this week.

Should you have any other questions or queries please feel free to contact me or Katrina Holland (River Stour Asset Performance Officer) directly.

Kind regards,
Stuart Allen
Advisor - Dorset and Wiltshire Partnership and Strategic Overview Team
Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management
Environment Agency

E-mail from Councillor Ron Whittaker to Geoff Hardwicke and Stuart Allen - Environment Agency
2nd September 2012
Sluice Gates Throop Mill

Geoff / Allen.

As we are now into September, just a reminder please about the removal of saplings and the growing amount of vegetation that is taking over sections of the stone piers on the small weir bridge, as promised it was hopeful that works would be before September, my concerns are that the Agency spent a large sum restoring the piers, I don't want to see that money wasted by further damage to the stone piers.

Many thanks
Councillor Ron Whittaker

UPDATED - 9th July 2012

E-mail Reply from Councillor Ron Whittaker
6th July 2012
RE: Sluice Gates Throop Mill

Completed works to the hatches sluice gates, Throop Mill, Bournemouth

Michael.

It is really great to get good news, and thanks to all concerned here, and the Environment-agency especially, they did a great job two years ago, in restoring the stone works so it would be a disaster to see these growths / roots taking hold again, so thank you Michael / Gary, and Geoff from the Agency.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

E-mail from Michael Rowland - Parks Development Manager, Bournemouth Borough Council to Councillor Ron Whittaker
5th July 2012
RE: Sluice Gates Throop Mill

Dear Cllr Ron,

Response from Environment Agency - they will undertake the works to clear the weeds on the sluice, which is a good outcome.

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

E-mail from Geoff Hardwicke - Environment Agency to Michael Rowland - Parks Development Manager, Bournemouth Borough Council
5th July 2012
RE: Sluice Gates Throop Mill

Michael,

I passed your query on to the relevant team, and have received the response below. I do hope this answers your and Councillor Whittaker's questions. Please do not hestitate to contact Stuart Allen if you require further information.

Dear Councillor Ronald Whittaker,

Thank you for your original email. I can confirm that the Environment Agency plan to remove the small saplings and vegetation growth that has started to take hold on the stone piers at Throop Mill. I am hoping that we will be able to complete the works before September, weather permitting.

Should you have any other questions or queries please feel free to contact me directly.

Kind regards
Stuart Allen
Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management, Environment Agency

Thanks,
Geoff Hardwicke
Environment Agency

E-mail from Michael Rowland - Parks Development Manager, Bournemouth Borough Council to Geoff Hardwicke - Environment Agency
28th June 2012
RE: Sluice Gates Throop Mill

Dear Geoff,

Is the sluice gate the property of Environment Agency?

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

E-mail follow up from Councillor Ron Whittaker to Gary Josey - Director of Housing Landlord and Parks, Bournemouth Borough Council
28th June 2012
RE: Sluice Gates Throop Mill

Gary,

Fully appreciate this is not a high priority with all the issues of Travellers, but just need to know my concerns will be addressed as i am not hearing back from anyone else on this, thanks

Councillor Ron Whittaker

NEW - 26th June 2012

E-mail from Councillor Ron Whittaker to Gary Josey - Director of Housing Landlord and Parks, Bournemouth Borough Council
24th June 2012
Sluice Gates Throop Mill

Gary.

In 2008 after much correspondence, managed to get the existing sluice gates listed by english heritage as you know, in 2009 the Environment-Agency agreed to carry out works to repair the stone piers, and to replace some of the corroded plates, including new safety handrail, much of the then stone work was being destroyed by the vegetation / plant growth which was beginning to take route again between the concrete and stone works.

Pictures I took in 10th April 2010 of the works, here I was grateful to the support I received from Melanie Sutton [Christchurch Conservation Officer], so why am I saying all of this now.

Completed works to the hatches sluice gates, Throop Mill, Bournemouth Completed works to the hatches sluice gates, Throop Mill, Bournemouth Completed works to the hatches sluice gates, Throop Mill, Bournemouth

On my week-end visitors to the stour, I met our former countryside officer, Gillie Hayball, who was with her husband, before Gillie left this authority, and with your help we undertook to remove an early start of the growth from the new stone works, for that I was extremely grateful, today the growth was eating away between the new laid stone works again, and it will only be a matter of time before we see large gaps appear between the piers.

Talking to Gillie am aware we cannot use the normal pesticides, due to the wildlife, but this growth is being well fed by the river and will soon to start to destroy all the work carried out in early 2010, appreciate the boundary of the sluice gates is in Christchurch, and remains the responsibility of the Environment-Agency, but it is Bournemouth that has the main benefits of visitors / residents visiting.

Please can we act to preserve this section our our history, sadly when one looks at former mill and the amount of growth in front of the building, the whole general deterioration just itself make me angry and b----- depressed.

Councillor Ron Whittaker