Throop Hatches Refurbishment / Sluice Gates

Photos added on 13th April 2010

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

E-mails regarding the modifications and replacements of the steel hatches for the Sluice Gates in Throop, Bournemouth.

Reply from Councillor Ron Whittaker to Melanie Sutton - Conservation Officer, Christchurch Borough Council

2nd February 2010

RE: Throop Refurbishment

Melanie, before responding to this good news, (more so, as when reported that the agency had taken that decision to moved off site the weather as we know improved).

Having just returned from having a look just to confirm what you said in your e-mail, and YES all the Hatches are fully covered over by tarpaulin ready for the repair works, what i found most interesting is the way that the Environment Agency have place what can only described as a Boom, (not sure if this is the way to describe it), but it has resulted in stopping the water around the concrete pillars, impressed, so will be many school children / visitors to the area.

Such news has really made me extremely excited, more so since we manage to get the Iron works listed in 2008, and the support to the listing by English Heritage, my only wish would be if the owner of Throop Mill, could see the massive advantages of seeing this lovely listed building to come alive as a tea room / cafeteria / craft centre offering home made produce, same time offering visitors the chance to see still intact much of the former milling equipment, this building with all its past history, which ceased being operational in 1972 sadly still remains closed.

Melanie, can only once again thank you on behave of so many residents and visitors for the work you have put into securing the support of Environment Agency here, not sure how far I could have got without your impute.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

E-mail from Melanie Sutton - Conservation Officer, Christchurch Borough Council to Councillor Ron Whittaker

2nd February 2010

FW: Throop Refurbishment

Dear Councillor Whittaker,

Please see email below from the Environment Agency.

Regards,

Melanie Sutton

Conservation Officer - Christchurch Borough Council

E-mail from Maurice Windsor - Environment Agency to Melanie Sutton - Conservation Officer, Christchurch Borough Council

1st February 2010

Throop Refurbishment

Hi Melanie,

Our Ops were able to get back to Throop last week and therefore works are now restarting. They are hoping to get the cofferdam installed today ready to commence stonework repairs thereafter.

Regards,

Maurice

Reply from Councillor Ron Whittaker

22nd January 2010

RE: Throop Refurbishment

Melanie,

Yes again extremely disappointing news, have been going over daily to check the site which has the compound/fencing all in place, and they have constructed the gravel path to the river which i expect was to allow the machinery easy access into that section of the river, have even seem interest from as far as Australia into the works. with so many planned dates we will be back to the original date of September last year, a year on, so yes as you say Spring/Summer, one can see that much of the concrete structure is seriously breaking up, it is so noticeable how in the past six months the deterioration has set into the concrete, this further set back will be a great disappointment to so many who visit the area, but again Melanie it is only through you that we are kept informed, so many thanks.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

E-mail from Melanie Sutton - Conservation Officer, Christchurch Borough Council to Councillor Ron Whittaker

22nd January 2010

FW: Throop Refurbishment

Dear Cllr Whittaker,

Just wanted to forward the e-mail below to you which I just received from Maurice Windsor. Sorry for the dissapointing news - looks like we will be waiting for a while longer.

Personally I think its likely to be this Spring/Summer before works will commence knowing what the British weather is like.

I will keep you informed as soon as I hear more.

Regards,

Melanie Sutton

Conservation Officer - Christchurch Borough Council

E-mail from Maurice Windsor - Environment Agency to Melanie Sutton - Conservation Officer, Christchurch Borough Council

22nd January 2010

Throop Refurbishment

Hi Melanie,

You won't be surprised to read that our guys have pulled off site due to high river levels and potential flooding. The continuing wet forecast has also caused us to cancel the coffer-dam installation planned for next week. I will keep you informed of our return and updated arrangements.

Regards,

Maurice Windsor

Reply by Councillor Ron Whittaker

13th January 2010

RE: Throop Refurbishment Proposed Commencement

Melanie,

As always, thanks, encouraging signs, as you point out weather dependant, also Dorset are to carry out repairs /works to the path from the Hatches to the Weir Bridge, so things are moving in the right directions.

But thanks to you Melanie for keeping me informed, it does enable me to keep residents but more so the two local primary schools up to date, and without you, would not be in possession of this information, again than you.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

E-mail from Melanie Sutton to Councillor Ron Whittaker

13th January 2010

FW: Throop Refurbishment Proposed Commencement

Dear Cllr Whittaker,

I hope you had a good christmas.

Please see the email below from Maurice Windsor regarding the repair works at Throop Mill. Looks like they may be making a start week after next, weather dependant.

I will let you know if I hear any more from them.

Best Regards,

Melanie Sutton

Conservation Officer - Christchurch Borough Council

E-mail from Maurice Windsor to Melanie Sutton

13th January 2010

Throop Refurbishment Proposed Commencement

Hi Melanie,

I am very pleased to report that it is the intension of our operations team to make a start with the agreed refurbishment work forthwith. They may attend site towards the end of this week to mobilise equipment etc but intend tol make a start during next week. Whilst this work will have their full attention until completion, I must reiterate that it will be weather and emergencies dependant.

They plan to install the coffer-dam during w/c 25th January and will be producing a cover, possibly using scaffold, over the areas where they are working to keep adverse weather and any frost from the newly completed stonework.

Regards,

Maurice Windsor

Reply by Councillor Ronald Whittaker

7th December 2009

RE: Throop Hatches Refurbishment / Sluice Gates

Melanie,

Here again thanks, but like your e-mail a few months ago you question the works in the winter months, so one cannot be surprised that a further ongoing delay to the programme, as you say at least work on the Steel hatchers are taking place in the workshop, will January bring any relief in weather conditions, lets hope so, but not holding out to much hope here, but have at least something to pass on to the schools and residents questions, so thanks Melanie, speak in new year.

Councillor Ron Whittaker

E-mail from Melanie Sutton - Conservation Officer, Christchurch Borough Council to Councillor Ron Whittaker

7th December 2009

RE: Throop Hatches Refurbishment / Sluice Gates

Dear Councillor Whittaker,

Please see the e-mail below just received from Maurice Windsor of the Environment Agency.

Unfortunately the works are off now until after xmas which isn't entirely unexpected given the recent weather conditions.

On a more positive note it looks like they are continuing with the modifications and replacements of the steel hatches in their workshops in the meantime.

Sorry I don't have more positive news for you.

Melanie Sutton

Conservation Officer

Christchurch Borough Council

Tel: 01202 495034

Email: m.sutton@christchurch.gov.uk

Website: www.dorsetforyou.com

E-mail from Maurice Windsor - Environment Agency to Melanie Sutton - Conservation Officer, Christchurch Borough Council

7th December 2009

Throop Hatches Refurbishment / Sluice Gates

Hi Melanie,

Unfortunately recent high rainfall and inclement weather has prevented us from making a start at Throop. Until the downstream river levels, over which we have no control, drop below the concrete apron we will not be able to get in to carry out repairs to the piers.

There is quite often a good spell of weather leading up to Christmas and we were hoping to take advantage but unfortunately not so this year. Hopefully it will be better in January to allow us to make a start then.

I met with our operations team at the end of last week and it was decided to abandon any hope of starting before Christmas especially considering that any temporary works would have to be maintained over the holiday period. We are reconvening on 7th January to reassess a start as soon as possible thereafter. Hopefully, I will be able to bring you some better news then.

In the meantime the work associated with the modifications and replacements of the steel hatches are still going ahead in our workshops.

Hope you have a happy Christmas.

Regards,

Maurice