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A LIST OF WISHED FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO THE ENVIRONMENT OF THE DROITWICH CANALS

The following wish list is a summary of desired actions given by Robin Smithett and latterly Roger Tapping, in the Wych Waterways Magazine since the publication of issue 2 in June 2012. This needs updating and added to.

CATEGORY

IMPROVEMENT

COMMENT

OBJECTION

PRIORITY

DREDGING

Clear Linacre Bridge to Lock 4

Check progress. Promised 2014

None

1


Dredge mooring below Junction lock 6

Can't access landing

(Low) cost

1


Siding Lane, Chawson

Construct a Winding Hole or Mooring


3

WINDING HOLES

Dredge the pool above Junction lock 7.

Essential to turn a boat unable to go east through the M5 tunnel.

(Low)  cost

2


Increase size of canal above barge lock 2. Essential to turn before an unusable River Severn

Space for a large winding hole exists east of the A449 tunnel

Cost and possible land purchase.

1


Increase the length of the winding hole at barge rail bridge 14.

To allow a 71ft boat to turn if unable to get through the 8ft? wide tunnel.

None?

2

REED CUTTING

Reed beds on canal sides to be cut back.

Seasonal Problem

None

1


Allow local access  for emergencies to the tow path along the Barge Canal .


None

1

VISITORS MOORINGS

15 moorings installed above lock 2 at Hawford

CRT promise for 2015; but only 5 done so far.

None

2


Two Moorings above lock 8 at Ladywood

CRT promise for 2016

None

2


Landing Stage at Salwarpe Village

Allow short visits to Church, Reed Beds etc.

Low Cost

2

STOPPAGE WARNINGS

Install a warning system in Droitwich Spa regarding the state of water levels in the River Severn and M5 tunnel


None?

1

CAR PARKING

Make a car park below Barge lock 5


Access, Planning Approval and ownership?

2


Create a car park below Junction lock 7

Room for 7 cars east of Swan Drive Bridge

Cost

3

SWING BRIDGES

Replace the Waitrose Bridge, barge (19), with a fixed pedestrian Bridge

Avoid potential accidents for people queuing in the main road.

cost

2


Increase the height of the barge lock bridge (20)  by 12 inches

This will allow most boats to pass through the lock without swinging.  

Low cost

2


Ease the padlock and swing mechanism on all swing bridges.

Currently it takes two people to lock, swing and unlock.

Low cost

1

CANAL EDGE

Countersink protruding bolts on the mooring fender by the Waitrose bridge 19.

This damages boats: (Especially the Pamela May)

None

1

LOCK ENTRANCE

Install guides at locks without wing walls


Cost

3

LOCK MECHANISMS

Free all mechanisms so that a maximum force of five kilograms will move all paddles and gates

Make it easier for all users of the canal to enjoy their journey.

Cost

1


Re-instate the side pond system at Junction Lock 2

Save water and add historical interest

cost

3

EYE SORES

Remove Japanese Knotweed at the railway crossings.


This is a Network Rail Problem!

2


Cover the concrete plinth in Netherwich Basin

Cover with a signpost / Salt Shaker / Lighthouse

CRT?

2


Identify with Artwork the remains of the 1000 year old Town Mill between the Barge Lock and Junction Lock 7.

An important heritage feature.

cost

3

FACILITIES

Install a sanitary station on the Barge Canal

A major complaint from visitors

Cost

1


Install Lights and power points on the pontoons in Netherwich Basin


Cost

3

ELIMINATE RESTRICTIONS

Increase the height gap of the M5 tunnel.

Restricts the number of visiting boats

(Very high) cost

1


Increase the width of the water in barge railway bridge 14

Restricts wide boat access to Droitwich spa

(Very high) cost

2


"Warning canal narrow" sign required at the disused swing bridges.

Avoid Hazzard

(Low cost)

2

ENVIRONMENT

Remove Himalayan Balsam at entrance to Barge lock 1

It will spread

Low cost

1


Remove excessive scrub at Brindley spill weir, near Salwarpe

Reveal historic structures.

Low Cost

1

CRITICAL

SUGGESTIONS WELCOMED!!!!!

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