How will it be funded?
The total current cost of the canal restoration project at the Golden Mile is just over £400,000, the contract has been signed and the works which will be completed by Killingley. The £100,000 in pledges provided by our generous donors will be supplemented by additional funding provided by Network Rail, who need the Golden Mile to developed to provide flood alleviation for the nearby Railway line.
What is the construction plan?
Previous improvement work on hedges and the ditch have attracted more wildlife including a water vole colony. We therefore have organised our work to minimise the impact on their overall habitat. Firstly we employed experts to locate their burrows, The survey has revealed that we have a few groups of water voles on the central section of the canal section. We have therefore had to planned to split the canal dig out into phases.
The contract with Killingley has now been signed, as as of 16th November 2020 construction efforts are underway. The work will be undertaken as follows:
- In November a new barrier will be built along the canal line where it is currently too low. This will not be placed on the banks of the current ditch so that vole habitats are not affected and to prevent water flooding the railway line.
- In November and December 2020, our contractor will be restoring the section that runs along Derby Road. This is where we found no water voles. The section will be re-profiled and a bentonite clay liner installed to retain the water. A dam will be built at each end to bring the water to the correct level. Coir rolls will be installed to provide food for the voles and fences erected around the new canal section to retain and protect them.
- In March and April 2021 experts will move the voles from the untouched sections into the new reserve – safe from future construction works.
- In May and June 2021 our contractors will return to complete the work. They will complete the re-profiling of the rest of the canal from Derby Road to Hopwell Road. This will also include lifting the current path to its correct level.
- Upon completion of the works, the fencing around the Derby Road section will be removed and the water voles will be able to return to the rest of the restored canal. The offbank will also be planted with a mix of native wild flowers and plants to support a more diverse insect and wildlife population.
During the time the contractors are on site we will need to close the footpath to the public for safety reasons. This is expected to be from 15th November to the 24th December 2020 and also from early May to July 2021.
Once complete the canal will be available for angling, canoeing and other outside activities. This will be supported by a café and other facilities at the Canal Cottages, which should also be completed in 2021.
We apologise for the inconvenience these works will cause to path users. Thank you for your support and we look forward to seeing you enjoy the restored canal.
Some drawings and pictures are shown to provide context below, and in due course future details images of the works in progress will be added to this page. The whole project at the Golden Mile is expected to be fully completed by July 2021.