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Kennet & Avon breach, Burghfield lock


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9 minutes ago, mark99 said:

Martin Salter in the video used to be an MP up that way iirc.

 

Yes, one of the Reading seats. Keen fisherman  and spent a lot of time complaining about bats disturbing the fishing.

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On 31/10/2021 at 16:43, Jim Batty said:

Thanks.

 

No, I hadn't seen that. Very interesting. I hadn't realise that there had been a small breach there since 2019. I had read that people were complaining how low Holy Brook was its full length. Not good. 

There's also been a small cruiser stuck on that weir for at least the same amount of time and probably caused the build up of debris which in turn caused the small breach.

 

 

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Update on 04/11/2021:

 

Please be advised that our contractors are now on site working to repair the breach at Burghfield Weir.

We will be working 7 days a week in order to restore water levels and open up navigation.

The Environment Agency have installed pumps into Holly Brook ready to provide a flow of water into the brook if water levels subside, and are closely monitoring the situation.

We will be publishing photos of the work as they progress to our twitter feed via the below link.

https://twitter.com/CRTWalesandSW/status/1455912776203968516 

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  • 2 weeks later...

Latest Info:

 

There's a crew down from Birmingham improving a track around the Theale Waterskiing Club lake in order to get access to the breach site on the K&A. I reckon the track in is about 2Km long, and there appears to be a heck of a lot of gravel going onto it to firm it up. The improved track is now about halfway complete, and they expect to arrive opposite the breach at the end of this week.

 

Not much is known about the temporary fix or the timing of it (the back fill of the breach, to get the canal water level up). This is what we boaters are waiting for. This could be down to the fact that different crews can be working on this from week to week. There is apparently a bit of a hold-up signing off the plans for the permanent repair -- in regards to choosing stonework and various materials for the final design. 

 

Although the CRT Twitter account reports work going on here 7 days a week, I'm not sure this is the case, because all of the diggers and front end loaders and other vehicles were tightly locked away in an ad hoc compound on Saturday when I wandered up there to take a look. 

 

Fingers still crossed. 

 

Burghfield-Breach-Map.jpg

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Yea, well, there was even less going on Saturday and Sunday! Everything was locked up in their ad hoc compound. 

 

I'll apologise if there's serious and intense brainwork and planning taking place across the weekend ... but this 'working seven days a week to get it finished' business seems to be stretching it. Ho hum.

 

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21 hours ago, Jim Batty said:

Yea, well, there was even less going on Saturday and Sunday! Everything was locked up in their ad hoc compound. 

 

I'll apologise if there's serious and intense brainwork and planning taking place across the weekend ... but this 'working seven days a week to get it finished' business seems to be stretching it. Ho hum.

 

Indeed! They've made the cycle route a lot more comfortable though, apart from blocking it with those machines that is.

 

Keith

 

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