A report by Dave Marshall – Stroud District Council
A look at the progress of five projects.
As well as the damage to the bypass channel reported last month, a further problem has come to light here. Water has displaced around 100 bricks from the bottom of the canal (the ‘invert’). These were not replaced during the recent refurbishment work and the cause is not clear. Meanwhile, investigations are underway to establish the exact cause of the damage to the bypass.
Wallbridge Lower Lock
There has been a slight delay on the start of work here. Alun Griffiths Ltd. the Abergavenny based Civil Engineering company is expected to begin setting up their site on 9th June. The delay was due to the need to get temporary Flood Defence Consent from the Environment Agency. The company will be widening and deepening the channel above the lock, before constructing a bypass to carry the flow of Slad Brook around the lock. This will include a fish and eel pass, allowing migration upstream, which is not currently possible.
Three temporary sculptures are currently sited IN the canal as part of the annual Stroud Site Festival.
Work on building the retaining wall below the vets’ surgery is complete. Unfortunately a section of the old wharf wall above the lock on the towpath side collapsed last week; necessitating towpath closure on safety grounds. It had been noticed that the wall had no foundation and preparations were underway to rebuild it on a concrete foundation. This will still take place, but with a delay while the collapsed material is removed.
Living Waterway Awards
We submitted 6 award applications, with 5 shortlisted. Judging took place last week. We’ll be holding our breath until September, when the winners will be announced at a ceremony in Leeds. The Living Waterway Awards replace the Waterway Renaissance Awards, in which the Cotswold Canals project has been singularly successful in the last 3 years.
And finally… We now have 1,624 people following the latest canal news on Twitter @cotswoldcanals