DEP at Suffolk Coast Forum – 16 November 2023

The Suffolk Coast Forum ‘takes a partnership approach to flood and coastal erosion risk management on the coast and estuaries and closely related issues in the context of an Integrated Coastal Zone Management approach’ The partner organisations include: Alde & Ore Community Partnership; Stour & Orwell Estuaries Management Group; Bawdsey Coastal Partnership; Blythe Estuary Partnership; and the Deben Estuary Partnership. Other member organisations include: Environment Agency, Natural England; Suffolk Coasts and Heaths AONB; Coastal Partnership East; Marine Management Organisation; and others. The Forum is chaired by Councillor David Bevan.

DEP invited to Anglian Water Q&A meeting – 14 November 2023

Following twelve months of river water sampling, Anglian Water will be holding a ‘Question and Answer’ session to share a summary of the year’s findings and how they propose using that data to propel any actions needed at their own treatment works and other parts of the Anglian Water networks.

The DEP, as well as other local stakeholders, has been invited to this meeting, which will take place on 14 November 2023 at the Kings Head, Woodbridge, starting at 11am.

‘Net Zero -where are we now?’ A public talk by Lord Deben – 26 October 2023

The River Deben Association’s Autumn talk at the Woodbridge Quay Church on 26th October 2023. Doors open at 7.00pm with the talk starting at 7.30pm.

Lord Deben has been a member of the UK Climate Change Committee for over ten years and has also held the positions of Secretary of State for the Environment and MP for Suffolk Coastal.

In a letter sent to the Prime Minister at the end of June 2023 Lord Deben, as the then chair of the Climate Change Committee, made an assessment of UK progress in reducing emissions, saying that:

  • The failure to act decisively in response to the energy crisis and build on the success of hosting COP26 means that the UK has lost its clear global climate leadership.
  • Inaction has been compounded by continuing support for further unnecessary investment in fossil fuels.
  • The Government must act urgently to correct the failures of the past year and reclaim the UK’s clear climate leadership role.

This will be an engaging talk on a highly topical subject as well as a discussion afterwards. We look forward to an interesting evening.

DEP will be at the East Anglian Coast & Estuaries Conference – 12 October 2023

The Deben Estuary Partnership will be participating in the first annual East Anglian Coast and Estuaries Conference which will take place on Thursday 12Oct23, both online and in person at Wherstead Park, Suffolk.

As well as listening to the speakers and participating in the discussions, we will have a small stand at the venue, so please come and have a chat with us – we look forward to meeting you there!

DEP General Meeting – 21 September 2023

It was great to see so many of our partners, institutional advisers, and other interested parties at the General Meeting held at East Suffolk House on 21Sep23. This gathering was two meetings in one:

  • a General Meeting to check that our Steering Group members were happy with the direction that the DEP was travelling, and to formally approve our (slightly revised) constitution and confirm Thomas Yeung and Colin Nicholson as Chair and Vice-Chair
  • an Estuary Plan working meeting to discuss and agree the outline structure of the revised Estuary Plan, and to discuss and agree who would be best placed to contribute to each of the focus areas

The minutes of that meeting are available here, but in summary:

  • the DEP constitution and Management Arrangements were formally approved and posted on the website
  • Thomas Yeung and Colin Nicholson were confirmed in place as Chair and Vice-Chair
  • the Sept 2023 Financial Report was reviewed and approved
  • ten ‘focus areas’ (that will eventually be reflected in the structure of the revised Estuary Plan) were identified and agreed, and teams allocated to each
  • we agreed that the next DEP meeting will take place on Thursday 18 January 2023 at East Suffolk House, and will be a public open meeting

The agreed Constitution and Management Arrangements have been published on the website, as well as the ten ‘focus areas’. We will list the lead person/organisation for each area once they have agreed to be named.