Read our answers to questions about the work being done at the lakes.
The Earlswood Lakes are made up of three reservoirs (Engine Pool, Windmill Pool and Terry’s Pool), built 200 years ago to supply water to the Stratford Canal. Together they occupy 70 acres. As well as continuing to supply water to the Stratford Canal, they have also become an important site for wildlife, wellbeing, health and recreation.
The reservoirs are regularly inspected by the Canal & River Trust to ensure they are safe, and can continue to supply the Stratford Canal with water and be available for local people to use and enjoy. The investment the Trust is making at the reservoirs will continue to ensure they remain safe by improving their resilience to large storm events. These are statutory works required by law under the Reservoirs Act.
The Canal & River Trust manages 72 reservoirs and has an experienced team of specialist reservoir engineers. These engineers are appointed into the role by the Secretary of State for the Environment on the advice of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Their inspections meet the industry’s highest standards.
As well as visual inspections twice a week by Trust operatives, our reservoirs are rigorously inspected twice a year by our Reservoir Supervising Engineers and also undergo detailed ten yearly inspections by an independent Inspecting Engineer (from the Government-appointed panel). These inspections consider the best industry-wide knowledge regarding dam construction, flood prediction and stability. We prioritise spending money on reservoirs wherever a need for maintenance work and/or repairs is identified.
The works will start on 29 March and are expected to be completed by the beginning of November. We aim to open up some sections of the site earlier as elements of the work are completed.
The works are being carried out by the Canal & River Trust, the charity which owns and manages Earlswood Lakes, and its civil engineering contractor Kier.
The works will cost £1.6million.
The Canal & River Trust is the charity responsible for the care and maintenance of 2,000 miles of canals and rivers in England and Wales, and 72 reservoirs. The Trust’s work to maintain the canal network is funded by a mixture of public, private and charitable funding streams.
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To provide safe access to the dam and embankment for staff and machinery, the water levels have been temporarily lowered by 1 metre in Terry’s Pool, and up to 2.5 metres in the Engine and Windmill Pools.
There will still be enough water in the pools for the fish, but we will monitor the situation.
The water levels were reduced to the required working levels pre bird nesting season to avoid disruption to nesting birds.
We hope to be able to let the lakes fill up again from around mid-August.
When the works are complete, we will be planting some native species of aquatic plants in the reservoirs to boost habitat and biodiversity.
A trash screen is being fitted to the River Blythe culvert to improve water flow and remove litter and debris. And we’ll be planting native species of aquatic plants to increase biodiversity there too.
Unfortunately fishing will not be permitted for the duration of the works. For further details please contact email@example.com
The works are expected to be completed by early November, but we should be able to open some of the roads and footpaths a little earlier than that. We will keep in touch as the works progress.
Yes, there is no current plan to have traffic lights or to block off the road. It will be done via signage and minimal chicane.
The Canal & River Trust and its contractor Kier, are committed to reducing the impact on the local area. We will ensure at the end of the works that the area is returned to its previous condition, or better.
There will be no disruption to water supplies to the Stratford Canal.
Call Canal & River Trust on 03030 404040 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Last date edited: 19 March 2021