South Chilterns Catchment
Meeting of the Pang/Sulham Brook sub-catchment
31 January 2014 - Hampstead Norreys village hall
Dick Greenaway W Berks Countryside Society
Brian Connorton W Berks Countryside Society
Sally Wallington W Berks Farming & Countryside Project
Maxine Forshaw FWR
Alison Love Catchment Co-ordinator, EA
Jenni Balmer Fisheries & Biodiversity Team Leader, EA
- Options Appraisal (OA) document has been completed; cost benefit analysis (CBA) now needs to be done. CBA will be based on EA staff experience and a standard list of works/costs. The OA document has a prioritisation list of 1,2,3,4. [1= nice to do if there is a good source of funds and time. Priority 4s are the most likely to go ahead. Priority 3s and 4s go into the AMP process.]
- Pang failing for fish. Sulham Brook varied failures.
- Vaughan Lewis report (habitat walkover of the catchment) contains all the ideas/actions required for improvement works along the watercourses. The major landowners in the area are keen and may be willing to put cash forward for capital works. Explore this route prior to exploring other ££ sources for such projects.
- Large estates removal of weirs and fencing target these.
- Removing a structure can have a double hit eases flood conveyance and provides better fish passage.
- ACTIONS: Sally and Jenni/Ali to meet to produce a definitive map showing proposed actions on the big estates. Actions and costs will need to be worked out beforehand. (Jenni and her colleague Lizzie Rimes will go on a field visit to calculate costs.) Sally (and the EA?) will then meet with the 5 major estates to discuss. The estates comprise: Yattendon, Englefield, Eling, Sulham, Marlston.
- Sally works one day a week for the W Berks Farming & Countryside project needs a part-time project officer to drive it forward, eg a chalk stream project officer for the Pang and Sulham Brook (similar to the post at the Chilterns AONB). Need £50k? Possibly two days a week (for 12 months?)
- John Simonds Trust is an educational charity based at Rushall Farm. A new project officer would need to be self-employed and paid from somewhere such as this Trust or the N Wessex AONB. Alternatively, could set up a new charitable trust (eg the Letcombe Brook Charitable Trust).
- ACTION: Dick to speak to Henry Oliver at N Wessex AONB re: Project Officer arrangement/funding.
- Funding sources Sally has had positive results in the past from Landfill Tax bids.
- Pang Flood Management Forum have got ££.
- Wild Trout Trust have small amounts of ££.
- Coppicing/weir removal/education.
- ACTION: Ali to draw up a summary list of problems on the watercourses (Lesley Sproat has the data).