Fish Pass: WSA Graham has this update following
a briefing this morning with the Mackey site
New designs are being drawn up for a supporting wall to replace the current compromised structure; this planning may take some time to complete, during which, the scaffolding and orange fence arrangement will remain in place (H&S). The new wall may involve the removal of the tree stump but will in any case extend to a point just to the right of it (as viewed from the club). As an interim measure, the void in the bank will be filled with ballast, held in place with concrete bags; they will also remove for the time being, the arrangement currently creating the channel diversion. This work will obviously necessitate the temporary return of the work barge and crane.
Longer term, there is now a question mark over whether or not the fish pass will actually be constructed as originally intended. It is possible that a similar migratory facility could be achieved, simply by creating a concrete slope immediately below the mini weir. Whatever decision is reached, the bank will be re-established, most probably with blocks of caged rocks. During this period of work, the Safety fence will need to be moved back to a line running immediately next to the concrete ridge adjacent to the path outside the ladies changing room. This will unfortunately deny us, for the duration, access to the strip of artificial grass next to the racking.
Beyond the bank stabilising work, it is uncertain whether any or all of the activities connected with the fish pass will now take place this year. The project is now at least 3 months behind schedule, raising the risk of the significantly increased water levels due later in the autumn, impeding construction.
As I’ve said before, don’t shoot the messenger. Remember, we’re all paying for this...