Wonderful news: work on improving the river defence can now go ahead.
Government funding has – at last – come through for Phase 1 – the Upper Estuary project. The work involved will get all the river walls in good repair so that, come 2050, and even allowing for rising sea level, they should be able to withstand a surge of the 1953 flood proportions.
Please see the Upper Alde Ore Estuary Embankment Improvements Newsletter .
This is a great outcome from all of our efforts to secure the estuary for future generations. It is the result of prolonged efforts by many people and organisations, both voluntary and government. A crucial step, in which the Association played a key role, was the establishment of the original Estuary Partnership – and later with the Alde and Ore Estuary Trust the body set up to raise the necessary funds (see message from AOET here). It is also involved in the planning as a member of the Alde and Ore Estuary Partnership – the body set up to raise the necessary funds. It is also involved in the Alde and Ore Community Partnership – the body which brings together representatives of all the affected places and communities. .
We will let you know more as more details are developed but the plan is for the Upper Estuary walls (Phase One) to be completed by the end of 2027.
At the same time preparatory work is now under way for Phase Two – the Lower Estuary.