I have been watching the steady deterioration of the Red Bull aqueduct that carries the Macclesfield canal over the A50. The leaks and shrubbery increase year on year. Its only a matter of time before it gives.
The Wiki link in Dark_Nit's post indicates that the dam is to be replaced, rather than repaired, over the course of a few years.It will be an expensive job to repair that dam, I expect canal users will feel that impact.
The Wiki link in Dark_Nit's post indicates that the dam is to be replaced, rather than repaired, over the course of a few years.
Presumably this means that the canal can be topped up from other water sources. That suggests that the main purpose of the lake is as a leisure resource (fishing, boating) which not only raises money in its own right but sufficiently to justify substantial new works rather than just installing a new overflow channel that bypasses the dam.
Update: Thursday 8 August, 10.45am
Read our message from Allan Leighton, Canal & River Trust Chair and Richard Parry, Canal & River Trust Chief Executive........................................
Now that the reservoir has been emptied, our plans to keep it safe are in place and we start the work to plan how to repair and restore the dam. Much more information will follow from the Trust in the days ahead – for now, we just want to extend our thanks to all of you for the spirit and resolve you have shown.
Allan Leighton, Chair
Richard Parry, Chief Executive
It was designed for large flows.
That's what the spillway is for. Has worked fine since it was built
The issue was that the spillway was not properly inspected or maintained as, I believe, will come out in due course.
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Toddbrook Reservoir - Wikipedia
Canal and River Trust are obsessed with image and attracting visitors to the canals, even though it attracts no revenue. Actually maintaining structures is not what they are about anymore...
Don't get me started on the Scottish & Newcastle pub chain buyout. Just when pub chains were in negative equity already. Always one bandwagon behind.Nothing new about that. BWB spent most of their existence running down and trying to close what you might now call the recreational canals. More recently they made their money by selling off waterside land and property - which of course you can only do once.
Is there anyone local who can call in to ask for a pint of Wokka?Hopefully some of the product made its way to Odiham.
'A pub in Whaley Bridge has unveiled a new golden ale called Chinook in memory of the RAF helicopter which helped to secure the damaged dam.
'After more than 1,500 people were evacuated from the town since August 1, Derbyshire Police said the stability of the dam wall at Toddbrook Reservoir had been achieved at 1pm on August 7 and people could return to their homes. But the Goyt Inn, situated in the middle of the town, has decided to try and keep the memory of the evacuation alive.'
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