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Breydon Water responsibility transferred to Broads Authority

The Broads Authority has finally agreed with the Great Yarmouth Port Company to take over responsibility for boats on Breydon Water and the Lower Bure. The move becomes official on 1st June 2012, and brings the entire Broads area under a single navigation authority.


Breydon Water is within the Broads Authority’s boundary. However, when the Authority was established in 1989, responsibility for navigation remained with the Great Yarmouth Port Authority which now delegates most of its day to day responsibilities to the Great Yarmouth Port Company.


Breydon Water and the Lower Bure are the vital link between the northern part of the Broads and the rivers Yare and Waveney, which are also within the Broads Authority’s boundary. For some time the present arrangement has been regarded as an anomaly, since boaters would have to cross the stretch under a separate navigation authority to reach other sections. 

Informal agreement between the Broads Authority and the Great Yarmouth Port Authority was reached on the transfer in 2005 and legislation passed in June 2009. 


"Breydon Water is the trickiest part of the Broads to cross – particularly for novice hirers on holiday. A single navigation authority for the whole of the Broads will provide a consistent approach," said a spokesman for the  Broads Authority. "Under the current arrangements we already provide a launch with two Rangers to patrol the area in the boating season. We could now make this a year-round operation."


The prime aim of the 2009 Broads Authority Act was to improve safety on the Broads, and the transfer of the Breydon Water area and lower reaches of the River Bure is the last major element of this legislation to be implemented.  

Thursday 3 May  | Andrew Denny  | 11.17am, Thursday 3 May 2012

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