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Work begins on £3million Chasewater dam repair project

Rob Travis, Ray Rushe, John Smith, Neil Turner, Val Richards and Eric Henderson.

Rob Travis, Ray Rushe, John Smith, Neil Turner, Val Richards and Eric Henderson.

Work has begun to repair the dam at Chasewater.

The £3million project is hoping to ensure the long-term safety of the reservoir and will also see the bridge on Pool Road replaced.

Councillor Val Richards, Lichfield District Council’s Cabinet Member for Leisure Services, said:

“To plan repairs to a dam that is more than 200 years old has taken an enormous amount of preparatory work. So, we’re pleased to get to this stage. I’d like to thank everyone who visits and uses the country park, especially the clubs, for their patience during the works.”

So the works can take place, the part of Pool Road that runs along the top of the dam has been closed.

Because some of the park is out of bounds to walkers and visitors, the district council has created a new circular route around the country park that avoids the work areas.

The route is 3.5 miles long, and is suitable for most able-bodied walkers and visitors. It will take about two hours to walk at a modest pace. Some parts may not be suitable for cyclists, wheelchairs and pushchairs.

Maps of the walk will be available from the Rangers’ Hut at Chasewater Innovation Centre, and Brownhills West and Chasewater Heaths railway stations soon.

Find out more at www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/chasewaterdamblog.

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