13th September 2012
IWA's Milton Keynes Branch has adopted Fenny Stratford Lock in response to the general call for more volunteer input to our waterways by Canal & River Trust. A set-up meeting was held with CRT, represented by Martha Holdom and Miriam Tedder (Volunteer Leader for the South East), at the Lock on 15th August. The Branch was represented by Rodney Evans, Branch organiser for the project, Peter Caswell, Branch Chairman and three other member volunteers of the 15 who have signed up to participate.
It was agreed that the Branch would be responsible for the general tidiness and vegetation control of the area from the Pump House to the Railway Bridge; painting, as required, of the Lock, Bridge, towpath side fencing and Pump House doors; and flower beds and hanging baskets at the Pump House.
CRT and its contractors remain responsible for the lock paddle gear and bridge operating gear maintenance and non-slip surfaces; grass cutting and sanitary station care/operation and refuse disposal. Supply of materials and equipment is being organised with CRT.
The first working party to generally clear up the site was held on Wednesday 29th August. Future work is being planned and working party dates will be arranged in conjunction with the Project Volunteers.