River Rom: Conservation

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 29th February 2012.

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Photo of Andrew Rosindell Andrew Rosindell Conservative, Romford

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what conservation work her Department has carried out on the River Rom; and what future work is planned.

Photo of Richard Benyon Richard Benyon The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

In 2011, three projects were completed on the Rom, which becomes the River Beam at the Chase Nature Reserve. A natural connection of the river with its flood plain was made at Collier Road Flood Storage Area, and wetland scrapes were created there. A backwater was created at Chase Nature Reserve to provide fish refuge in times of high flow. The river was restored through Beam Parklands and in excess of 12ha of UK Priority Biodiversity Action Plan habitat was created.

Work planned on the river involves the removal of a weir at Beam Valley Country Park for the benefit of habitat and improved fish passage. Recently plans have been discussed with Havering borough council to significantly improve the river from Roneo Corner to the Chase, a length of 1.5km. Concrete removal and river re-naturalising are being discussed. A Catchment Plan that includes the Rom is due to be completed by December 2012.

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