Staffs & Worcs dredg­ing falls short

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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.

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