Hoveton a way forward

Chairman’s Chat Nov-2021 We have finally reached a position with the Hoveton saga, following a legal exchange between the respective groups. We have concluded that our legal challenge is no longer needed, as in the agency’s own words, the fish do have enforceable protection within the permit conditions, if it’s then proved the barriers do…

Permit Issued by the Agency for the implementation of Fish Barriers

      Yesterdayy, the agency gave notice of their final public consultation using the Environmental Permitting Process. They couldn’t even get that right!  https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/east-anglia-c-e/hoveton-great-broad-minded-to/ Whilst we and the Broads Angling community are staggered with the Agency’s recommendations. Their action has damaged an effective partnership that has been built over recent years and will destroy…

BASG General Meeting 5th Oct 2021

BASG held its first members meeting for over 18 months last night, with 16 of its members and stakeholder present. The meeting started with an informal buffet and table discussion. at the George Hotel in Norwich. Kelvin introduced the evening with a presentation on the structure of BASG, its members role and it’s achievements since…

BASG Response to Hoveton Permit EPR/RB3557SW

      This is our response and objections with the permitting of Hoveton Great Broad Fish Barriers, following the “minded to” consultation issued by the agency in August. https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/east-anglia-c-e/hoveton-great-broad-minded-to/ Following last year’s successful challenge of the EA’s decision to grant Natural England a FRAP permit dated 23 July 2020 for the same three barriers the…

Wensum Breach and its Management

This week we learn about a bank breach on the river between Quest and Bintree. This first occurred as far back as November 2020, when we had the deluge of rainfall and much of the Wensum flood plain flooded. However this isn’t the floodplain working as designed, but a breach of the Main River flood…

Bloody Minded To

Well so much for the media, an article by Rachel Salvidge from the ENDS team on the future of the Natural England HGB project. See  Article Last week we finally got to see the actual outcome from the EA management on the issue in a 322 page report. This now goes through another “minded to”…

Summer Pike and Illegal Trolling

Over recent weeks there has been an increasing number of issues with the trolling of lures from motor boats within the Broads. This raises several issues, firstly its illegal within the Broads and subject to a Broad Bye-Law enforceable by the Authority rangers. Secondly the use of any Lure or treble hooks needs to consider…