New partnership for Isle of Wight rivers

By a County Press reporter

Monday, March 24, 2014


RIVER restoration, water resources and quality will be at the heart of a series of Isle of Wight workshops organised by Natural Enterprise and the Environment Agency.

They hope the workshops will help bring together groups and individuals interested in water management, leading to the creation a new partnership, Island Rivers.

Carol Flux, of Natural Enterprise, said: "There are many challenges to consider; straightened and damaged river channels, water shortages, pipe misconnections from homes leading to water pollution and of course flood control and sustainable drainage.

"The positive collaboration of agencies and local communities, local authority and voluntary sector, business and commercial interests that is at the heart of a new partnership — Island Rivers — will deliver the best chance of success."

The workshops will be Ryde Rivers (to include Monkton Mead, Palmers Brook and Blackbridge Brook) on March 31, 10am to 12.30pm at Havenstreet Steam Railway; West Wight Rivers (to include Western Yar, Caul Bourne and Chines streams) on April 4, 10am to 12.30pm at West Wight Sport Centre and the Eastern Yar and tributaries (including Scotchells Brook and Wroxall Stream) on April 9, from 10am to 12.30pm at Arreton Community Centre.

Natural Enterprise said the Medina had been excluded because it was already supported by Newport Rivers Group, which has undertaken similar work for the past 18 years.

Its projects have included Town Gate Pond recreation, improved fish populations in the Medina, the Newport Mill Trail and the opening of Pan Mill Meadows to the public.

Anyone who would like to attend can contact Carol Flux on 07790 906232.


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by Valerie Ching

25th March 2014, at 17:48:15

Clearly its a good idea to do all this work but I wonder if this new group can explain why is yet another conglomeration being created to do work on rivers. They have been there for a long time; who has been doing this work up to now; some aspects of it e.g. pollution and drainage are likely statutory duties so why any change and why is another partnership being formed?.And as previous poster said why exclude the Medina Group who have expertise. Water bills have increased so maybe it's time for these private companies to deliver the goods. Sorry if I'm barking up the wrong tree. Just asking?

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by Colin Barton

24th March 2014, at 20:34:34

Carol, are you Maurice's sister?

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by Tim Muncaster

24th March 2014, at 19:14:23

Oh yes. Exclude the Medina group. They have eighteen years of experience and success under their belts. It would be a shame to share that with the newbies. Doh!

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by Mike Crowe

24th March 2014, at 16:34:39

East Yar?

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by David Blackford

24th March 2014, at 15:39:39

What is the longest river on the Isle of Wight?

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