PRESS RELEASE: Progress to Restore Inglesham Lock

Issue date: 22nd July 2014

The Inland Waterways Association (IWA) is pleased to announce that significant progress is being made towards the restoration of Inglesham Lock by volunteers from IWA’s Waterway Recovery Group (WRG).

The work is a continuation of an appeal launched by IWA at the end of 2010, which raised over £100,000 towards the restoration of this iconic lock. Working with the Cotswold Canals Trust, this project will link the Thames and Severn Canal to the river Thames, creating a gateway to the Cotswold canals.

On the 14th July contractors, OnSite, installed a ‘Portadam’ temporary dam system at the entrance to Inglesham Lock. This was so the lock could be dewatered to allow volunteers safe access to the chamber to carry out restoration enabling works.  

From Saturday 19th July to 9th August, over 60 WRG and Kent and East Sussex Canal Restoration Group volunteers will spend time clearing silt from the lock chamber, repairing the stop plank grooves and installing new stop planks to hold back the River Thames once the temporary dam is removed. Once this work has been completed a team of experienced volunteers will undertake a full survey of the chamber, assessing structural damage, to aid planning for further restoration work in 2015.

Take a look images from WRG's 2014 Inglesham Lock Canal Camp that started on Saturday 19th July.

Over the past six months, volunteers have been working behind the scenes writing risk assessments, method statements, designing dams, and gaining permission to carry out the work.  Several visits to the site have also been made by one of IWA’s Honorary Civil Engineers, who has provided invaluable advice on the proposed restoration works and design of the stop plank grooves.

Rick Barnes, Inglesham Site Coordinator said “We’ve spent several months planning this summer’s work, liaising with Conservation Officers and Natural England, so it is fantastic we are finally able to access the chamber and start restoration work! Pack your wellies… it’s going to be muddy!”

WRG welcomes visitors to the site to meet our volunteers, see what work they are undertaking and to help promote canal restoration across the Cotswold canals. Site visits need to be arranged in advance. For more details or to arrange a site visit please contact Amber Jenkins at enquiries@wrg.org.uk  or call 01494 783 453 ext. 604.

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About IWA


About WRG

About Cotswold Canals Trust – The Cotswold Canals Trust is campaigning for the restoration of the Stroudwater Navigation and Thames & Severn Canal.

       
IWA campaigns for the use, maintenance and restoration of Britain's inland waterways.
About IWA
Volunteers restoring the waterways. The Waterway Recovery Group is part of IWA.
About WRG



Image: WRG Canal Camp volunteers getting muddy in Inglesham Lock, July 2014
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See 2014 WRG Inglesham Lock Canal Camp photo gallery