Progress being made on river management

The new cycle path from Brigg to Castlethorpe under construction. EMN-151202-164114001
The new cycle path from Brigg to Castlethorpe under construction. EMN-151202-164114001

Work on the project to build a cycle path along the River Ancholme, from Brigg to Castlethorpe Bridge, has now begun.

The initiative came in part from North Lincolnshire Council, in co-operation with The Ancholme River Trust.

And Coun Rob Waltham, who chairs the Ancholme Users Group, is confident it is the start of more widespread progress being made in the river’s management.

“There is general optimism about the benefits in management of the river from initiatives that are ongoing,” he told the group at its recent meeting.

Work has also started on the river wall at the White Hart near the County Bridge in Brigg Town Centre, the current water level having been set at a workable level for works to commence.

Local residents and visitors will now be able to see work progressing on the new walkway and cycle path after Brigg MP Andrew Percy dug the first sod.

Discussions on the footpath over Sallowrow Drain south of Brigg, near to Brandy Wharf and Waddingham, have now involved the Ramblers Association who are to look into defining the area as an official footpath.

Summer duck weed is an ongoing issue; a meeting was held with the Environment Agency to see why it had not been run off.

Harlem Hill Lock: a national survey is currently being undertaken and the Regional Navigation Group is compiling a list of works and closures including Harlem Hill Lock, shut now for more than 18 months.

Coun Waltham has been in contact with local schools about how they can become involved in water management. All head teachers are keen to be involved in the project being led by Tim Allen from the Environment Team at North Lincolnshire Council.