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Update made on repairs planned for Toddbrook Reservoir near Whaley Bridge

Sandbags were put in place after the dam was damaged in August. Credit: PA Images

The Canal & River Trust has announced the first steps in the restoration of Toddbrook Reservoir near the town of Whaley Bridge.

The charity will begin a project to enhance the resilience of the dam wall and spillway, which was damaged in August after heavy rainfall, on 6 January 2020.

The Trust have said they will also work to improve how much control there is over water flowing into the reservoir.

The trust plans to temporarily fix the dam before planning for long-term repairs. Credit: Canal & River Trust

The Trust, which cares for 2,000 miles of waterways, will keep Toddbrook drained while the major long term reservoir restoration programme is delivered over the next few years.

The Trust say that the work done to the dam will ensure that it is secure in any extreme weather and that they will stay in place until the permanent reconstruction of the dam takes place.

Independent inquiries were commissioned by both the Trust and the government after the dam was damaged in August, with both of these reports expected in early 2020.

The reservoir was drained after the damage to the dam in August. Credit: PA Images

Simon Bamford, asset improvement director for the Canal & River Trust, said: "We are keen to hear the findings of the independent inquiries so we can move forward and decide how best to fix the dam for the long term.

"Once we know what caused the damage to the dam we will be able to work out a detailed plan for repairing it, including a precise timetable and costings.

"In the meantime, we will be doing some work to protect the reservoir and further improve its resilience against any extreme weather events.

"At the head of the reservoir, we know a footbridge has been on the wish list of some local residents, so we are delighted we can incorporate this into the design for improving the inlet."

Residents of Whaley Bridge are being invited to hear about the planned repair works at two briefings at the Palace Hotel in Buxton this evening.

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