New canal lock gates installed at Dudbridge
12:02pm Tuesday 8th October 2013 in News
The lock gates being installed at the Dudbridge locks on Thursday as part of the restoration project (1331887)
BRAND new canal gates fashioned from oak and weighing more than 10 tonnes in total have been lifted into position by a giant long-reach crane at two 18th Century locks in Dudbridge.
The two sets of imposing lock gates, which were produced by a specialist manufacturer in Yorkshire, were installed by workmen on Thursday, October 3.
They had been delivered into storage about a year ago and have been kept damp to prevent them from drying out and shrinking.
An expert team is currently in the process of adjusting the gates to ensure that they open and close properly.
To mark their arrival, Stroud District Council is giving members of the public a unique opportunity to walk in the newly restored canal at Dudbridge before it is filled with water.
Two open days hosted by the authority will take place on Friday October 11, between 1pm and 5pm, and Saturday October 12, between 10am and 1pm.
Engineers from SDC’s canal project team will be on hand over both days to answer questions about the locks and the whole restoration project.
“This is a brilliant opportunity for the public to see canal restoration at first hand,” said Cllr Simon Pickering, the Green chairman of the council’s environment committee.
“Once water is let in, there will never be another chance to walk in Dudbridge Upper Lock. This will be a unique opportunity – something to tell the grandchildren about in years to come.”
The £300,000 scheme to connect the two stretches of water at Dudbridge has involved the removal of 1960s weirs, the replacement of decayed brickwork and the hanging of the smart new lock gates.
A hydro-electric turbine owned by the Cotswold Canal's Trust will also be open for inspection, although limited access means that interested people will need to pre-book by calling the Trust on 752568 or emailing email@example.com.
Pleasure trips on the canal will now be run on board Endeavour from Dudbridge Wharf on Friday and Ebley Wharf on Saturday.
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