Staffs & Worcs dredging falls short
THE CANAL & RIVER TRUST has carried out almost £1m of dredging work on the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal – but unexpected extra costs have brought the programme to an end with not all the planned work finished.
The good news is that dredging has been completed at the approaches to 22 locks, five winding holes, the junctions at Autherley, Aldersley and Stourton, plus a number of bridgeholes and
approaches and some longer lengths of canal. The less good news is that the scope of the work has had to be cut back to keep within budget.
CRT reports that the overspend has been a result of higher than expected volumes of silt being encountered (by 35 percent in some sites), plus contamination making the dredged material unsuited to spreading on adjacent farmland. At Tettenhall it has been possible to install bank protection and use the dredgings as backfill; but much of the silt has had to be taken by road to a compost facility near Worcester.
This has meant that while all the identified high profile sites north of Debdale have been completed, the Trust has had to “put the brakes on” without completing any of the planned work south of there.