Boaters Newsletter - July 2013

Dear Users,

Work at Paper Mill

Work started at Paper Mill Lock on 24th June to carry out essential pilling works between the lock and the road bridge. This is a fairly short stretch of works, but the bank here takes a great force of water from the weir in times of heavy rain, and if not protected is subject to rapid erosion. The work is expected to last up to about three weeks. The Navigation will remain open during this process; however please be patient and take extra care when both boating and walking around the area. There is a footpath diversion in place, which will guide you round the back of the boaters’ car park and through the gates of the tea rooms during their opening hours. We have asked the contractors to enable the footpath to be re-opened at weekends. Whilst this work is being carried out, the boaters’ car park at Paper Mill Lock will remain closed and the padlocks have been replaced with the contractors’ own locks. Additional parking is available in the tea rooms’ grassed car park area; however this will only be for whilst the tea rooms are open.

We have worked closely with the contractors to ensure the minimum amount of disruptions during this period and we shall be grateful for your patience whilst we carry out these essential works.

Heybridge Facilities Block

The code for the Facilities Block at Heybridge has recently been changed. The new code is available from Martin Maudsley, lock keeper at Heybridge. We have changed the code to try to discourage unauthorised use of the Facilities Block. If you spot people using the Facilities Block who you feel should not be there, please let Martin Maudsley know.

New Suggestions Box
There is a suggestions box now in place at Heybridge for visiting boaters. This is located just inside the porch at the lock house along with some suggestion forms. If there is anything you would like to see done, or feel we should improve on at Heybridge then please feel free to complete one of these and post inside the box. The lock keeper or residential caretakers are usually around at Heybridge to speak to in most cases; however this new facility is available if you would like to put something in writing. Alternatively, you can, of course, send us an e-mail at any time. Sensible and realistic suggestions only please!

Future Works on the Navigation

Just a reminder for works planned later this year:

27th August – 20th September, Little Baddow Lock for repair of cills. Closure of lock from 9th to 20th September
23rd September -25th October, Paper Mill Lock for repair of cills. Closure for 2 to 3 weeks during this time
4th November – 23rd December, Hoe Mill Lock, replacement of bottom gates 

Staff Changes

Following James Coles’ resignation, we are pleased to welcome Eve Sullivan as the new assistant Lengthsman. Eve started duties on 1st July. We are also pleased to welcome Alistair Sims, as an additional residential caretaker at Heybridge.

Navigation Manager, Graham Brown 07966 375351
Mooring and Fisheries Manager, Hugh Turner 07910 558465
Essex Waterways Helmsman School, Hugh Turner 07910 558465
Heybridge Lock Keeper, Martin Maudsley, 07712 079764 VHF Channel 80 ‘Heybridge Lock’