February 2020


The newly formed Alde and Ore Community Partnership (AOCP) met for the first time on 30 January 2020 at a well-attended open public meeting at Orford Town Hall, with parish representatives and members of the public present.

The new Community Partnership has been formed to help deliver the Estuary Plan for the Alde and Ore area. It will be working with the East Suffolk Internal Drainage Board (ESIDB), which has assumed legal and practical responsibility for the practical delivery of the works. It involves the whole community, with every parish bordering the rivers having a seat on the Partnership, together with a County Councillor, two District Councillors, as well as business, East Suffolk Internal Drainage Board (ESIDB) and amenity organisation representation. The Partnership will continue to receive help and support from the national agencies Natural England and the Environment Agency, and locally from Coastal Partnership East.
The AOCP elected Tim Beach (Snape Parish Council) as interim Chair, Frances Barnwell (Orford and Gedgrave Parish Council) as Vice Chair, and Alison Andrews has agreed to act interim Honorary Secretary.
The new Partnership will work in close collaboration with the Alde and Ore Estuary Trust which is working to secure as much non-government funding as possible to complete the plan.
AOCP will be holding a second meeting on 27 February to which all are welcome. The focus will be on discussions as how best to achieve and maintain two way communication with the entire estuary community. Anyone with a query or proposal in advance of the meeting may contact Alison Andrews email: aldeblackburn@aol.com.
All members of the public are welcome to our next meeting: Thursday 27 February 2020 at 18.30 in Orford Town Hall.

The Estuary Plan can be found at www.aoep.co.uk. The Alde and Ore Estuary Trust web page may be found at www.aoetrust.org.