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Frustration as rowing club track remains underwater as council says solution is “complicated”

The flooded track which leads down to Beccles Rowing Club and the private riverside moorings off Puddingmoor in Beccles. Pictured is Stephanie Bubb, Caroline Topping, Bob Graham, Elfrede Brambley-Crawshaw, Dr Anthony Bubb and Robin de Vere Green. Picture: Nick Butcher.

The flooded track which leads down to Beccles Rowing Club and the private riverside moorings off Puddingmoor in Beccles. Pictured is Stephanie Bubb, Caroline Topping, Bob Graham, Elfrede Brambley-Crawshaw, Dr Anthony Bubb and Robin de Vere Green. Picture: Nick Butcher.

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A track leading down to the river in Beccles has been flooded for more than a month, causing frustration for users trying to reach their plots.

The flooded track which leads down to Beccles Rowing Club and the private riverside moorings off Puddingmoor in Beccles. Pictured is Robin de Vere Green. Picture: Nick Butcher.The flooded track which leads down to Beccles Rowing Club and the private riverside moorings off Puddingmoor in Beccles. Pictured is Robin de Vere Green. Picture: Nick Butcher.

The track off Puddingmoor leads down to Beccles Rowing Club as well as around a dozen privately-owned moorings, but due to severe flooding the area has been cut off, with cars and pedestrians unable to access it.

The problem was reported to Waveney District Council around five weeks ago, with a site visit carried out. However residents are frustrated that the problem still hasn’t been resolved.

Robin de Vere Green, a Beccles Rowing Club committee member, said: “The level of water is getting higher and higher. You can only walk through it if you’ve got waders on.

The flooded track leads down to Beccles Rowing Club. Picture: Nick Butcher.The flooded track leads down to Beccles Rowing Club. Picture: Nick Butcher.

“Luckily one of our members has got a 4x4 pick up truck so we’ve been loading people on that to get down to the rowing club.”

Beccles town councillor Stephanie Bubb, who also owns a mooring down the track, said the water is 4ft higher than the river.

“People can’t get to their boats and the rowing club can’t get down there,” she said. “It’s been flooded for over five weeks now.

The flooded track which leads down to Beccles Rowing Club and the private riverside moorings off Puddingmoor in Beccles. Picture: Nick Butcher.The flooded track which leads down to Beccles Rowing Club and the private riverside moorings off Puddingmoor in Beccles. Picture: Nick Butcher.

“We just want someone to get a pump and drain some water away so people can get to their property.”

A spokesman from Waveney District Council said it was a complicated and expensive project which will take months to complete.

He said: “Specialist contractors have assessed the location and have established that a build up of silt and debris is causing blockages which will require a number of dykes to be dredged, one after the other, to remove the obstacles to the flow of water.

“The Water Management Alliance are currently preparing a report at our request - which will lay out the required procedure, equipment and the cost - and once this has been submitted we will be able to begin the process of appointing further contractors to undertake the work. A nature survey, which will ensure the proper protections are in place for native species, will also be required.

“The build up of debris is unusual and may date back to the storm surge of 2013. Working with partners and specialist contractors we hope that work can get under way in the very near future.”

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