By Adrian Clarke, Senior Waterways and Recreation Officer
Dredging of the River Chet is a priority for the Broads Authority but we have to wait until the Environment Agency completes flood defence work on the south bank.
This is now in progress after planning permission was granted and it is anticipated that the earth works will take approximately 12 months to carry out.
After this time the old piling will be removed and we can immediately start dredging operations from Nogdam End upstream to Loddon to reinstate the depth required in the Sediment Management Strategy.
Meanwhile to improve the situation the Broads Authority has replaced the weir structure that controlled tidal flow into Hardley Flood, rather than upstream to Loddon and feedback from local boatyard businesses is that water levels at Loddon have increased by 12 to 18 inches at low water.
We really do treat this as both a serious issue and a high priority and will be carrying out further works as soon as it is safe to do so.