Saturday, September 29, 2012

A Vision for the Roding

The Environment Agency has asked Thames21 to produce a ‘Catchment Plan’ for the Roding, Beam and Ingrebourne rivers. This is part of a new community approach to river management driven by the European Water Framework Directive. This is a new law from the EU aiming to increase the quality of our rivers and other water bodies by improving ecology and wildlife and reducing pollution.

As part of this project we want to hear what you feel about the Roding – what do you cherish about the river, what are your concerns, what improvements would you like to see, and how can we work together to make these improvements happen?

A Vision for the Roding
Community Workshops

Held in the Drawing Room, Valentines Mansion,
Valentines Park, Emerson Road, Ilford, IG1 4XA

Tuesday 16th October 7-8.30pm
and Tuesday 23rd October 7-8.30pm

By the end of 2012 we want to have a plan for the Roding that you feel gets to the real issues, and suggests some solutions that we can all work on to improve the river.

As well as the plan, we’d like to get some action going this year, and we will discuss this at the workshops too. For example, Thames21 can offer free training and support for groups to lead waterway clean ups, identify and control invasive plants and test the water quality of your local rivers. If you would like to attend the workshops please RSVP using the details below by Thursday 11th October.

The Environment Agency is also offering funding this year for river restoration or water quality projects, which is open to charities or similar organisations (the Catchment Restoration Fund). Click on the link for more information. Perhaps you know of a stretch of the Roding that would benefit from this? We want to build this into the Plan too, in the hope to get some tangible benefits this year.

If you can’t make the workshops, we have produced a questionnaire which can be sent to you by request. The deadline for returning the questionnaire is Friday 19th October 2012, and it can be emailed or posted back to me on the details below. This information also appears in the questionnaire. We can also still give you training and support if you’d like to do something practical for the river but can’t attend the workshops.

Please do get in touch if you’d like any further information. I would be most grateful if you could pass this information on to any contacts you have who would be interested, whether for the Roding itself or also the Ingrebourne, Beam, or tributaries of these rivers.

Kind regards

Aimee Felus

Thames21 - bringing London's waterways to life
The Lock Office
Gillender Street
Bromley by Bow
E3 3JY

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  1. Redbridge has already inflicted terrible damage on the River Roding with concrete walls and a cemetary. If you're a kingfisher, try digging a nest in a concrete wall. God knows what mess Redbridge will make with more money to spend.

    The land alongside the Roding used to be water meadows, land that caught periodic flooding and had its own unique wild plants, such as rare orchids. Gone!

    Downstream, Epping had a much more enlightened attitude and turned its water meadows into a nature park, but some of its nearby buildings suffer periodic flooding, thanks to Rebridge forcing the natural floods farther downstream.

    I suggest all Redbridge councillors attend lectures on the value of water meadows. Too late, of course, but it might open their eyes to the damage they've done.

    1. Whilst Redbridge Council may be (and should be) blamed for its sins I am fairly sure you will find that the canalisation of the Roding around the Woodford Bridge area was actually the work of the then Department for Transport associated with construction of the M11.

  2. Surely Epping is upstream of Redbridge ...?

    1. Perhaps it's spread its tentacles? (Think I spelled that last word correctly).