Branches Swindon News
Bank Piling at West Leaze
Tuesday, 11 June 2013 06:25

Piling at West LeazePiling at west LeaseThe Wilts & Berks Canal Trust is carrying out important repair work at West Leaze.  The purpose of this work is to stabilize the towpath and the bank; without these repairs, the bank would continue to erode, with consequent risks to the safety of the footpath.  This work involves piling for a length of about 120 metres. 

The work has been closely supervised by a consultant ecologist as the area supports an active population of water voles. We are also being very careful to work with Thames Water and other providers of services to ensure there is no risk to these services.

We expect our contractors to be finishing on about the 21st June, but that of course depends on them encountering no unforeseen surprises.  They have told us that they will not be working at the weekend, and normally they expect to finish by about 6 o'clock in the afternoon.  After the contractors have completed the piling, there may well be work that the
Trust will have to carry out to finish off the site, probably including using ‘soft edge’ coir rolls for bank protection.

The Trust is conscious of the disruption caused, first by having to close the towpath, and secondly by the piling itself. 
We ask you to bear with us while we carry out this essential maintenance.  If you can avoid the area of the works,
that will help us to complete the work in the shortest possible time.

Chris Coyle