13 MAR 2012

Construction of Blythburgh Sluice set for 2013

Therese has welcomed the firm commitment from Suffolk County Council to install a sluice on the A12 at Blythburgh despite the scheme being pushed back to 2013.

Due to the extra studies and hydraulic modelling required to ensure that environmental , habitat and water quality concerns are addressed, the flood prevention scheme will not now be implemented until September 2013.

There is a tight construction window for works between September and December to order to avoid disturbance to over-wintering birds and to minimise disruption to summer traffic. Due to the extra work required construction work has been re-programmed to start in September 2013.

Therese said "When the road floods it causes major delays and inconveniences people and businesses in the area. It is a shame about the delay but it is important we get it right. I welcome the firm commitment to make this happen in 2013."

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Are the plans for the sluice published anywhere? Its difficult to see how a sluice is going to effect the water level when the A12 at this section is so close to sea level. A sluice however is likely to reduce the tidal flow of the river Blyth which would lead to silting up which may have effects on the wildlife and will also prevent rive navigation from Southwold to the A12 and beyond. This will effect leisure (ie river users such as myself) tourism and employment (eg the Coastal Voyager). Thank you in advance for any comments Alan
- Alan

Suffolk County Council has the detailed plans as it is doing the work. The point of a sluice means water still moves but is controlled.
- Therese

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