History buff reveals pre-war solution to River Parrett problems

Bridgwater Mercury: Roger Brown with the designs Roger Brown with the designs

A HISTORY enthusiast has found an old drawing of a type of boat which was used to clean mud from Bridgwater’s River Parrett.

Roger Brown, who mainly collects carnival memorabilia, was given the detailed plans for what he thinks is a type of steel-built steam scourer by a friend.

He told the Mercury: “I have a history book which explains how they would use powerful jets of water and scrapers to remove the mud which had built up on the banks of the River and allow the water current to take it away.

“I thought, with all this talk of dredging the river, it might be of particular interest now.

“These machines were used to solve a problem which we are now seeking a solution for today.

“I think the design dates back to around the 1930s but I think they stopped using them before the war.”

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12:01am Thu 23 Jan 14

Blue Owl says...

Just goes to prove that the Environment Agency Policies are @ fault. Should they have continued this exercise, the River Parrett would be capable of holding much more capacity, Money spent on Prevention, is a Win Win, money spent to compensate flood victims is dead money, as it will not and does not prevent re-occurance, as we have now witnessed Two years on the trot...,,,,,,
Unfortunatly, they are only now talking of Removal of the Silt from the R Parrett and the River Tone, far too ,late,,,,, the environment Agency were asked by myself 5-6 years ago, when as a SDC Elected Councillor attended many meeting @ the Taunton Rugby Club, only to be told, that the Silt, mud could not be removed from the bed and Banks, as it was Contaminated, never found out with what, still the elvers were not affected, so Contaminated with Just What ???????,,,
I' m sorry to say that, I bet the River Tone has this remedial work done before the River Parrett, and I will keep asking until some one responds..?? What, is the function of the " King Sedgemoor Drain" if not to Drain the Moor ??????
David L Preece
Just goes to prove that the Environment Agency Policies are @ fault. Should they have continued this exercise, the River Parrett would be capable of holding much more capacity, Money spent on Prevention, is a Win Win, money spent to compensate flood victims is dead money, as it will not and does not prevent re-occurance, as we have now witnessed Two years on the trot...,,,,,, Unfortunatly, they are only now talking of Removal of the Silt from the R Parrett and the River Tone, far too ,late,,,,, the environment Agency were asked by myself 5-6 years ago, when as a SDC Elected Councillor attended many meeting @ the Taunton Rugby Club, only to be told, that the Silt, mud could not be removed from the bed and Banks, as it was Contaminated, never found out with what, still the elvers were not affected, so Contaminated with Just What ???????,,, I' m sorry to say that, I bet the River Tone has this remedial work done before the River Parrett, and I will keep asking until some one responds..?? What, is the function of the " King Sedgemoor Drain" if not to Drain the Moor ?????? David L Preece Blue Owl
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2:34pm Thu 23 Jan 14

twinkles says...

I wish someone would consider dredging your waterways, Mr P...

This doesn't *prove* anything, it's a bloke with a plan for an 80 year old boat.

If you're such an expert on the matter, why are you not working for the EA? Or if you're so passionate about local issues, why are you NOT a councillor now?

One of your previous rantings invited people to put their money where their mouth is. Now it's your turn.
I wish someone would consider dredging your waterways, Mr P... This doesn't *prove* anything, it's a bloke with a plan for an 80 year old boat. If you're such an expert on the matter, why are you not working for the EA? Or if you're so passionate about local issues, why are you NOT a councillor now? One of your previous rantings invited people to put their money where their mouth is. Now it's your turn. twinkles
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5:32pm Fri 24 Jan 14

Mr_Opinionated says...

The Environment Agency will not dredge the river because to do so will be to admit they were wrong and leave them legally liable for prosecution from all the home and business owners that have lost money, homes belongings businesses etc. thanks to their wilful negligence of the situation on the levels. Nothing happened after last year, nothing will happen again.
The Environment Agency will not dredge the river because to do so will be to admit they were wrong and leave them legally liable for prosecution from all the home and business owners that have lost money, homes belongings businesses etc. thanks to their wilful negligence of the situation on the levels. Nothing happened after last year, nothing will happen again. Mr_Opinionated
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12:55pm Sat 25 Jan 14

freddie_mercury_undercover_reporter says...

You can't have your cake and eat it B'owel - but then I'm sure you'll come up with a half arsed response blaming previous administrations or something equally as inane

http://www.independe
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You can't have your cake and eat it B'owel - but then I'm sure you'll come up with a half arsed response blaming previous administrations or something equally as inane http://www.independe nt.co.uk/news/uk/pol itics/massive-job-cu ts-at-the-environmen t-agency-8909182.htm l freddie_mercury_undercover_reporter
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