Unusual Activity & Closures

7, 8, 9 & 15 April 2020: Illuminating Rounds

On 7, 8, 9 & 15 April 2020, from approximately 08:30hrs, QinetiQ will be carrying out activities at the Shoeburyness Range on behalf of the MOD, which may be visible in the vicinity of the Thames Estuary.

The activity involves the use of airborne munitions which are designed to illuminate large areas and therefore, members of the public may observe objects similar to distress signals/flares in the sky up to 3km out to sea.

All activity on the Range is conducted in a strictly controlled environment and presents no danger to the public. This work, as with the vast majority of work undertaken on the site, is subject to suitable acoustic forecasts and tide times, which are governed by weather conditions on the day. Consequently, the date of the activity may be subject to change. If members of the public are concerned by Range activity, they can call the freephone Careline on 0800 0560108.


Havengore Bridge Improvement: Work suspended (31.03.20)

We regret to announce that as a result of Government advice and directives in response to the Covid-19 outbreak, our contractor has been forced to suspend the refurbishment work on Havengore Bridge.

Significant progress has been made and the works were on schedule to be completed by early April. Both of the new hydraulic cylinders have been installed, the associated hydraulics are well under way and most of the electrical and controls upgrade has been completed.

When the project resumes, our contractor estimates that a further 10-14 days will be needed to complete all work and to commission and test the bridge. We will maintain a regular assessment of advice being issued and work will recommence when Government guidelines allow, and when the local facilities needed to support the contractors are available.

We will publish a date for recommencement of work and a revised completion date when that information becomes available.


Potton Bridge: Closed to marine traffic (23.03.20)

Potton Bridge will be closed to marine traffic until further notice. This is due to staff shortages resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak. We will notify you when the service has been restored. We apologise for any inconvenience and thank you for your patience during this challenging period.


Foulness Heritage Centre – closed until further notice (18.03.20)

We have been informed by the Foulness Conservation and Archaeological Society (FCAS) that the forthcoming season of Heritage Centre open days (every 1st Sunday of the month from April to October), has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak. Therefore unsponsored, recreational visitors will not be permitted entry via Landwick Gate on those days.


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