Barcombe bridge

Roedd y cais yn llwyddiannus.

Graeme Bickerdike

Dear Sir/Madam

In relation to Church Road bridge, Barcombe, East Sussex (HGG2/1), part of the Historical Railways Estate, please provide me with:

* copies of all bat surveys/counts etc carried out since 1 October 2018
* copies of all Natural England licences issued
* the cost of your proposed infilling scheme.

Yours faithfully

Graeme Bickerdike

foi@highwaysengland.co.uk,

 

Dear Graeme Bickerdike

Thank you for your request relating to Barcombe bridge dated 9 October
2021. 

The due date for issuing a response is 5 November 2021.

Please feel free to contact our team if you have any queries quoting
FOI/2570 in any future communications

Kind regards

 

Amanda Speight

FOI Advice

Dear Sir/Madam

A response to this request was due on 5 November and is therefore now a week late. Could you please tell me when I can expect the information.

Yours faithfully

Graeme Bickerdike

foi@highwaysengland.co.uk,

 

Dear Mr Bickerdike

 

Freedom of Information Request – Church Road bridge, Barcombe, East Sussex
(HGG2/1)

 

I am writing to confirm that we have now completed our search for the
information,

which you requested on 9^th October 2021

 

Your request - In relation to Church Road bridge, Barcombe, East Sussex
(HGG2/1), part of the Historical Railways Estate, please provide me with:

* copies of all bat surveys/counts etc carried out since 1 October 2018
* copies of all Natural England licences issued
* the cost of your proposed infilling scheme.

 

Our Response

 

Copies of all bat surveys / counts etc are listed in the table below.

There are no Natural England licences required.

The scheme to infill the bridge has been paused.

 

Survey type Date Result/actions
Full Preliminary Ecological 20/05/2020 Structure has high
Assessment and desk study of suitability to support
the structure and surrounding summer and winter roosting
habitat including ground based bats in line with Bat
assessment of structure for Conservation Trust survey
bats guidelines 3 summer
emergence/re-entry surveys
recommended and 2 endoscope
inspections of hibernation
features in Jan & February

4 trees in surrounding area
highlighted for further bat
assessment
Ground based assessment of 25/05/2020 1 x moderate potential tree
trees (outside of the area of
works)

3 x low potential trees
(Sycamore)
Bat dusk emergence survey 01/07/2020 No bats recorded emerging
from the structure during
the survey
Bat dusk emergence survey 14/07/2020 No bats recorded emerging
from the structure during
the survey
Bat dawn re-entry survey 28/07/2020 No bats recorded
re-entering the structure
  during the survey

 

The following bat species
were recorded commuting
during the emergence/
re-entry surveys: common
pipistrelle; soprano
pipistrelle; noctule; and
an unidentified Myotis
species.

 

During all surveys, soprano
pipistrelle were recorded
flying over and under the
structure.
Bat Survey - Active season 21/09/2020 No active season bats were
endoscope inspection of identified using the PRFS
Potential Roost Features (PRFs) identified in the structure
suitable for bats by licenced
bat ecologist with working at Precautionary blocking of
height access to all of the PRFs suitable for active
structure. season bats only, PRFs
identified with suitability
to support hibernating bats
identified during the
survey, these were not
blocked
Hibernation static bat detector December 2020, Calls from common
surveys – bat detectors January 2021 pipistrelle bats and
deployed under the structure and February soprano pipistrelle bats
for 2 week blocks 2021 recorded, no evidence bats
are roosting in the
structure
Hibernation endoscope 12/01/2021 No bats or evidence of
inspection of PRFS suitable for hibernating bats was found
bats by bat licenced ecologist
with working at height access
to whole structure
Hibernation endoscope 09/02/2021 No bats or evidence of
inspection of PRFs suitable for hibernating bats was found
bats by bat licenced ecologist
with working at height access
to whole structure
Precautionary exclusion/ 07/10/2021 PRFs that could be fully
blocking of PRFs suitable for inspected using endoscope
hibernating bats to allow were blocked.
engineering/maintenance works
to the structure PRFs where it was not
possible to see to the back
of the features were fitted
with one-way excluders in
line with guidance.
Temperatures monitored to
ensure bats are active
whilst the one way
excluders are in place
Check and final block of 13/10/2021 After 5 days the one-way
remaining one way excluders excluders were removed and
placed on PRFs suitable for the remaining PRFs fully
hibernating bats blocked up. Temperatures
within acceptable limits
  for using this method.

 

If you are not satisfied with your response you may ask for an internal
review within 40 working days of receiving the response, by replying to
this email. You can learn more about the internal review process [1]here.

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:
[2][email address]

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Please remember to quote reference number 2570 in any future
communications about this response.

Kind regards

 

Fiona Smith

 

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FOI Advice,

1 Atodiad

Dear Mr Bickerdike

Please see attached a copy of the response which our records show was sent to you on 09/11/2021

Thank you

Louisa Gosling
FOI Officer
Information Rights

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Dear Sir/Madam

Thank you for the bat information.

I am aware that the infill scheme at Barcombe has been paused, but I asked for "the cost of your proposed infilling scheme". Please provide the cost, as requested.

Yours faithfully

Graeme Bickerdike

FOI Advice,

Dear Mr Bickerdike

 

The total cost of the proposed infilling scheme at Barcombe Bridge was
£245,550.95

 

Thank you

 

 

Louisa Gosling

FOI Advisor

Information Rights

National Highways

 

 

From: Graeme Bickerdike <[1][FOI #798715 email]>
Sent: Friday, November 12, 2021 12:51:07 PM
To: FOI Advice <[2][email address]>
Subject: RE: [FOI/2570] Barcombe bridge

 

Dear Sir/Madam

Thank you for the bat information.

I am aware that the infill scheme at Barcombe has been paused, but I asked
for "the cost of your proposed infilling scheme". Please provide the cost,
as requested.

Yours faithfully

Graeme Bickerdike

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir