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During my many years of boating on the broads I find many of the signs are very dirty and in particular the bridge height markers at low water are unreadable, the one time when most boats need know what the level is, 1 or 2 inch makes a difference. can these be cleaned a few times a year? or can I put a tender in for the cleaning of all the broads navigational signage?

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Beck  Braydon and Mere.

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You should post that on the ask JP thread ;-)

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I thought that's where it was   Confused

"..for the avoidance of any doubt, the broads are not legally a national park and do not come under the national park legislation, and nor will they."
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for DEFRA (Hansard 2015)

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Good idea and something new for JP
That said easily fixed a cheap electric pressure washer on each ranger launch and a monthly wash would do the trick plenty of time to recharge battery before next job.
It looks like height markers are rarely cleaned after installation.

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The gauge-boards are cleaned quite often, usually by volunteers, with scouring paste (Vim/equivalent)  and a long-handled stiff scrubbing brush head.  

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Beccles old bridge board is a classic at low water, just looks black, no use what so ever.

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Adrian  Michelle

Beck  Braydon and Mere.

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When I was going south through Yarmouth on the Saturday afternoon of the August Bank Holiday Weekend, shortly after low water, I saw a B.A. launch with two people in it specifically 'nose up' to the height board beside the road bridge below the yacht station.  The crew reached over with what appeared to be a broom or long-handled scrubbing brush to clean the gauge board, specifically the section of it indicating height around low water.

However, I agree that the boards beside other bridges on the North Broads could do with similar attention.  Their clarity is sometimes poor, and (as has been noted on this forum in recent months) sometimes there is a discrepancy between the upstream and downstream boards.


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Wroxham bridge gauge boards are cleaned every 2 weeks.

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The Rangers clean all of the gauge boards a number of times over the season.  In the areas with the greatest build-up of silt, such as Breydon, these boards are cleaned monthly.  Cleaning the of the lowest part of the gauge boards this can sometimes be delayed while waiting for the tides to be favourable but will always endeavour to do this promptly.  Other signs are cleaned over the winter or as required over the summer.

It is not an easy job as I can verify from personal experience.

J.

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JP, the Broads scrubber? Wink  I seem to remember, I may be wrong, but wasn't there an experiment to find signs that wouldn't clag up so much and be easier to maintain?

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