£1.5m makeover for reser­voir

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

A RESER­VOIR is to un­dergo a £1.5 mil­lion im­prove­ment pro­ject.

Bosley Reser­voir will be drained to just 10 per­cent of its ca­pac­ity while the work takes place.

Work at the reser­voir, pop­u­lar with bird­watch­ers and an­glers, be­gan on 20 July and is ex­pected to take 22 weeks.

The work will in­clude re­pairs to the Grade II listed Valve Tun­nel, im­prove­ment to ac­cess for in­spec­tion and main­te­nance teams and re­pairs to the face of the dam.

The re­pairs will en­sure the reser­voir meets cur­rent flood risk guide­lines.The 35 hectare reser­voir holds 1350 mil­lion litres of wa­ter, enough to fill 540 Olympic sized swimming pools.

The work on the reser­voir is be­ing car­ried out by the Canal & River Trust, the char­ity that main­tains for coun­try’s wa­ter­ways.

The groups se­nior pro­ject man­ager Richard Spencer said they would en­deav­our to keep dis­rup­tion to the public to a min­i­mum.

He said: “The work be­ing car­ried out will en­sure that the reser­voir meets the stan­dards re­quired by the Reser­voirs Act and will be able to ser­vice the needs of the Mac­cles­field Canal and the Bosley locks for many years to come.

“We will en­deav­our to keep dis­rup­tion to the public foot­paths to a min­i­mum while we carry out this es­sen­tial work.”

●● The money will be spent on clean­ing up Bosley Reser­voir

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