Water Level at Wallbridge

Proper water level

The water level under Stroud Brewery Bridge is now up to the ‘proper’ level. Volunteers from the Stroud District Council’s 'Tuesday & Thursday Team' have recently been hard at work down in the chamber of Wallbridge Lower Lock.

Working in dry wellies

The SDC Volunteers began work shortly after after Alun Griffiths Contractors of Abergavenny completed the construction of the Lock by-wash and fish pass in March. 

The SDC team led by Paul Weller and Jon Pontefract set out by ‘redirecting the river’ as Jon described it.

That is to say creating an area immediately outside the lock chamber where the volunteers could work safely in dry wellington boots!

Stone cutting

Creating the dry workspace was necessary to give the team access to cut grooves in the stonework to receive the stop planks. The planks were fitted and sealed during the last week in April.

This has created a temporary dam that now holds back and redirects water from Slad Brook into the bywash & fish pass.

Volunteers afloat recover waste

Cotswold Canals Trust Western Depot volunteers led by Frank Laurenson simultaneously lowered a work punt into the shallow water to clear the channel of the detritus that had accumulated in the channel.

Frank explained what he and his team had to remove…

“Sad to say, we had to take out three bin bags full of very smelly domestic rubbish, twelve road cones, an office chair, a child’s tricycle, a pizza shop menu board, a large quantity of plastic bags and other litter.”

The water level is now up to the safety chain that can be seen fixed to the wharf edge.

 

Next steps at Wallbridge Lower Lock

Stroud District Council’s Canal Project Manager Dave Marshall thanked & congratulated the volunteer teams and explained the next steps…

“The contractors, Land & Water, will shortly be returning to the site to clear out silt and rubble that has accumulated at the bottom of the lock chamber over many years. This process requires the company’s heavy plant. They will probably pull down some earth from the steep bank below the new McCarthy & Stone site. All this material will then be used to form a bund or dam in front of the eastern end of the lock chamber. The bund will hold back the water in the channel below the lock to create a dry space for the next contractors, Britannia Construction of Cheltenham, to rebuild the lock. So, all in all, with the two teams of volunteers and contractors all working together we are making good progress”

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