Hoveton Great Broad

Hoveton Great Broad and Hudson’s Bay (HGB/HB) were unlawfully closed to navigation 130 years ago.  In 2014, the NSBA objected to Heritage Lottery funding of the restoration, including dredging (see under ‘Campaigns’ on this website) because they did not include plans to reopen HGB/HB to public navigation.  Members who have passed by HGB/HB along the River Bure will have seen the gates barring entry.  The necessary planning permission for the restoration work, granted in 2014, required temporary fish barriers to be removed by the end of 10 years after their installation.  The restoration has now got to the point where the barriers are to be installed.  By a variation in 2016 of the planning permission, the barriers involve timber posts and mesh screens in place of the original specification involving gabions of stones (to which NSBA objected).  NSBA will press for the removal of the barriers when the time comes and will continue to press for the opening of HGB/HB to public navigation when the restoration is complete.

Local anglers are now campaigning against the use of barriers to clear the waters involved with evidence to show how fish stocks, particularly bream, will be depleted throughout the Broads when this happens. Angling throughout the Broads will be reduced. Anglers have set up a petition to which you may wish to add your name. For information go to


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