In 1989 22 staff transferred from the Port and Haven Commissioners to the Broads Authority when it was set up by Act of Parliament as part of the National Park family. They included 13 river inspectors and three tolls staff.
Two of the original river inspectors, Jamie Hangar, and Tony Risebrow, were presented with ties and cuff links by the Broads Authority chairman, Dr Stephen Johnson, at the Broads Authority’s meeting.
Jamie joined the Port and Haven Commissioners in November 1986 as a
a relief river inspector performing duties throughout the Broads and then took over the Thurne beat. He became a Broads Authority countryside ranger before returning as a river inspector covering the River Ant and South Walsham.
Jamie, who is renowned for his encyclopaedic knowledge of the history and people in his patch, undertook a large amount of tree work, mainly in difficult riverside locations and was noted for leaving banks particularly safe and tidy.
His son Rob also followed in his footsteps as a summer seasonal ranger before leaving the Authority this year.
Jamie uses the patrol launch Chet, which is noted for its excellent condition.
Head of Ranger Services Adrian Vernon, said: “Jamie is easy going and friendly but has a steely determination. He has made some difficult prosecutions over the years and this, together with his practical contribution, has helped to keep the Broads a safe and friendly place to visit.”
Tony Risebrow joined the Port and Haven Commissioners in April 1987 as a relief river inspector and also learnt his trade by patrolling throughout the Broads and undertaking tree work in the winter. He became the local river inspector on the River Yare and knew all the local boat owners. He dealt with some threatening situations and attended court on a number of occasions.
Tony then took on the busy Coltishall, Wroxham and Horning beat which was dealt with by one river inspector instead of a team as it is today.
He later moved to the Ludham and Thurne area and helped resolve some angling problems which also involved the police.
In the Broads Authority’s re-organisation in 2011 he became a Planning Enforcement and Hire Boat Licensing officer, which put his huge knowledge of Broads’ people and places to good use.
Six other members of the current staff were also working for the Broads Authority in 1989. They are two Administrative Officers, Sandra Beckett and Regina Green, Information Officer Jess Tunstall, Head of IT and Collector of Tolls Bill Housden, Information Assistant Robin Jeffries, and Visitor Services Supervisor Sam Bates.
Thursday 1 January 1970