Here’s what we got up to last week:
1. The fish rescue was completed. The amount of fish that we’ve seen caught in the two phases of the rescue has echoed our expectation that Chasewater did not support large populations of fish.
2. The sheet piles have been ordered and we understand that they are currently being prepared at a mill in Luxembourg.
3. We have confirmed that the culverts can be ordered.
4. Designs for the foundation raft for the culverts have been progressed and we’ve considered the details for the retaining wall.
5. We also met with the Stakeholder Group, which includes representatives from the railway, the sports club, the wildlife group, residents, outdoor education and innovation centres.
6. This week, we expect to see groundworks get underway, with the start of the removal of all of the tree stumps. Following this, work will begin in 9-foot pool, an area where we have to take particular care because of the presence of an invasive sub-species of Crassula helmsii or New Zealand pygmy weed.
7. We also expect to visit a number of quarries in our continuing search for the right material filter.
Neil and Lizzie