'Urgent work needed on River Tone in Taunton' warning

'Urgent work needed on River Tone in Taunton' warning

'Urgent work needed on River Tone in Taunton' warning

First published in News

URGENT work is needed on the River Tone in Taunton to avoid a situation that “doesn’t bear thinking about”.

Unless action is taken within five years, the sluices structure at Firepool could give way, leading to a mud bath washing down stream, causing “considerable damage”, councillors heard on Monday.

It would also result in the water level of the Tone falling and banks collapsing, along with the foundations of riverside buildings.

The River Tone through Taunton task and finish group was told that two supports to the sluices at Firepool have already rotted and the sluices are out of action due to neglect.

A report to the meeting said: “The problem is that no-one seems to be responsible for the maintenance of these sluices.

“The consequence of a failure of the sluices sooner rather than later doesn’t beat thinking about!”

Delegates agreed on the need to focus on the river for the benefit of tourists and locals.

The meeting heard of concerns about the untidy, overgrown state of the Tone near the Brewhouse, with litter, obstructions such as shopping trolleys, shoal areas, rats and guano.

It is calling for.

*improved co-ordination and management.

*more recreation and commercial activities.

*a “relatively minor amount of work” to make the river a success.

*at least six viewing places stretching from Taunton Castle to Firepool Lock.

*an annual depth survey and dredging plan.

*litter picks.

*maintenance and cleaning of landing stages, slipways and wharves.

*publicity about events on the river.

*an annual regatta.

Taunton Deane Mayor Cllr Dave Durdan told the County Gazette: “The river is the jewel in our crown, Taunton’s biggest asset.

“We’ve got to get it cleaned up and to make it more usable.

“There have been some improvements, but much more needs to be done.

“I want to see Taunton as a leisure town where people can spend time on the river.”

The group meets again next month and is looking for any interested parties to join.

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12:10pm Fri 5 Sep 14

KevinTurvey says...

Rivers have been neglected since responsibility for management was merged with water boards at the formation of Water Authorities, the predecessors of our now commercial companies. Another case of private affluence, public squalor. Good luck with the riparian entertainment, as long as it doesn't lower the Tone any further.
Rivers have been neglected since responsibility for management was merged with water boards at the formation of Water Authorities, the predecessors of our now commercial companies. Another case of private affluence, public squalor. Good luck with the riparian entertainment, as long as it doesn't lower the Tone any further. KevinTurvey
  • Score: 11

12:15pm Fri 5 Sep 14

GreatOdin'sRaven says...

You really do have to question the validity of a story that starts off telling us there's some potential disaster, goes on to tell us that we need 'an annual regatta' and finally reveals the motive of increasing tourism in the area. I can't understand how the mayor thinks that a river is going to be some huge attraction - especially given the fact that the areas surrounding the river are places that drug users and alcoholics congregate and demonstrate various anti-social behaviours. It's hardly going to rival the Henley Regatta, is it? Unless, of course, part of the plans include medieval-type stocks where one can throw rotten tomatoes at the peasantry from the safety of one's yacht.
You really do have to question the validity of a story that starts off telling us there's some potential disaster, goes on to tell us that we need 'an annual regatta' and finally reveals the motive of increasing tourism in the area. I can't understand how the mayor thinks that a river is going to be some huge attraction - especially given the fact that the areas surrounding the river are places that drug users and alcoholics congregate and demonstrate various anti-social behaviours. It's hardly going to rival the Henley Regatta, is it? Unless, of course, part of the plans include medieval-type stocks where one can throw rotten tomatoes at the peasantry from the safety of one's yacht. GreatOdin'sRaven
  • Score: 19

1:49pm Fri 5 Sep 14

swjoduk says...

The major should try living in Bridgwater with the ever so lovely tidal River Parrett.

The Tone is a beautiful river, full of fish and is a prime angling venue.
The major should try living in Bridgwater with the ever so lovely tidal River Parrett. The Tone is a beautiful river, full of fish and is a prime angling venue. swjoduk
  • Score: 2

2:09pm Fri 5 Sep 14

rolo130267 says...

The course of the River Tone through Taunton has massive potential but, unfortunately, there are too many unstarted & unfinished projects alongside it to realise this potential. Until progress is made on these white elephants then any work done to the Tone will be pointless.
The course of the River Tone through Taunton has massive potential but, unfortunately, there are too many unstarted & unfinished projects alongside it to realise this potential. Until progress is made on these white elephants then any work done to the Tone will be pointless. rolo130267
  • Score: 8

3:57pm Fri 5 Sep 14

topcataj says...

All this reporting of a dramatic issue that someone is raising, nowhere does it mention who is raising it!
Is it some knowledgeable group who has looked into all in detail and come to a conclusion which they are trying to bring to attention?
Or as GreatOdin'sRaven notes, is it just someone trying to make a big fuss because they have a commercial interest?

It does rather make a difference, doesn't it Somerset County Gazette?
All this reporting of a dramatic issue that someone is raising, nowhere does it mention who is raising it! Is it some knowledgeable group who has looked into all in detail and come to a conclusion which they are trying to bring to attention? Or as GreatOdin'sRaven notes, is it just someone trying to make a big fuss because they have a commercial interest? It does rather make a difference, doesn't it Somerset County Gazette? topcataj
  • Score: 7

4:41pm Fri 5 Sep 14

Bob L says...

The river used to be dredged every few years and well maintained from French weir to fire pool , now it is far to shallow and silted up . We were lucky to escape the floods the levels had last winter , the question now is not if taunton will flood but when ! , it will happen sometime. If taunton had not had flood prevention work done 40 years ago then we would have had repeated flooding now . Current neglect will make taunton flood prone again sooner rather than later .
The river used to be dredged every few years and well maintained from French weir to fire pool , now it is far to shallow and silted up . We were lucky to escape the floods the levels had last winter , the question now is not if taunton will flood but when ! , it will happen sometime. If taunton had not had flood prevention work done 40 years ago then we would have had repeated flooding now . Current neglect will make taunton flood prone again sooner rather than later . Bob L
  • Score: 8

9:49am Sat 6 Sep 14

KevinTurvey says...

Bob L wrote:
The river used to be dredged every few years and well maintained from French weir to fire pool , now it is far to shallow and silted up . We were lucky to escape the floods the levels had last winter , the question now is not if taunton will flood but when ! , it will happen sometime. If taunton had not had flood prevention work done 40 years ago then we would have had repeated flooding now . Current neglect will make taunton flood prone again sooner rather than later .
Spot-on. It's just a giant sedimentation tank
[quote][p][bold]Bob L[/bold] wrote: The river used to be dredged every few years and well maintained from French weir to fire pool , now it is far to shallow and silted up . We were lucky to escape the floods the levels had last winter , the question now is not if taunton will flood but when ! , it will happen sometime. If taunton had not had flood prevention work done 40 years ago then we would have had repeated flooding now . Current neglect will make taunton flood prone again sooner rather than later .[/p][/quote]Spot-on. It's just a giant sedimentation tank KevinTurvey
  • Score: 3

12:28pm Mon 8 Sep 14

Hooked on you says...

We wanted to purchase a house in Creech St Michael but when we found out how much it was going to cost us to insurance we had to pull out. Great shame because it was a lovely property.
We wanted to purchase a house in Creech St Michael but when we found out how much it was going to cost us to insurance we had to pull out. Great shame because it was a lovely property. Hooked on you
  • Score: 2

2:45pm Mon 8 Sep 14

Hooked on you says...

Sorry the above comment probably doesn't make sense as I forgot to mention that the house we were very interested in was not far from the River Tone.
Sorry the above comment probably doesn't make sense as I forgot to mention that the house we were very interested in was not far from the River Tone. Hooked on you
  • Score: 3
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