CRT Launches Consultation on Marple Aqueduct Refurbishment and Improvements07 January 2015
CRT has, together with Mellor Archaeological Trust, secured £2.3 million of investment (including £1.5m HLF grant) to conserve, interpret and celebrate the works of Samuel Oldknow, the driving force behind construction of the Peak Forest Canal and owner of Mellor Mill, which when finished was the largest cotton mill in the world.
As part of this project, Marple Aqueduct is getting a £500,000 repair, conservation and access improvement make over that is intended to open its surroundings up to reveal this impressive structure, which is currently rather overwhelmed by vegetation.
However, as part of this work CRT has determined that the offside parapet itself, which is and has always been readily accessible from passing boats and currently unfenced, requires some sort of parapet fence to reduce the hazard. They have begun a consultation, which will close on 31st January 2015, to seek views on the overall improvements at the aqueduct, and specifically the proposed fencing and its design, positioning and detailing to fit in this Grade 1 Listed structure and Scheduled Ancient Monument, which crosses the River Goyt at heights of up to 100 feet.
IWA plans to respond to the consultation with concerns over the proposals.
CRT’s consultation, pictures of the work and further information on Samuel Oldknow are available at CRT’s website.
Photo: Marple Aqueduct, Peak Forest Canal (photo by Tony Kozary)