Huddersfield Narrow Canal

Start date: October 4, 2021

Est. end if know: October 31, 2021

Stoppages & Restrictions

Slaithwaite Sanitary Station

Update on 04/10/2021:

As you may be aware, the pump out facility at Slaithwaite on the Huddersfield Narrow Canal has been out of action for several years, with boaters using the facility heading west at Wool Road, 12 km away, or east at Aspley Marina, 8 km away.

The pipework at the Slaithwaite pump out facility to the mains is approx 85m long and has been damaged by tree roots along its length.  This means a full replacement of the pipework is needed.  The length of the pipe and complexity of the location limits the type of machinery that could be used to fix this and the cost of replacement is prohibitively expensive at circa £100,000.

Taking this cost into account along with the significant expenditure required to look after our 239 other customer facilities across the network, we have taken the difficult decision to permanently close the pump out and to remove the pump out apparatus.

The other facilities at the site such as the toilets, Elsan and waterpoint will however remain.

We appreciate that the permanent closure of the Slaithwaite pump out is not a desirable outcome, however we hope you will understand that to bring it back into working order would impact upon our ability to maintain other sites and the decision is a pragmatic one taken after serious discussion.

The works to remove the pump out are due to commence on the 18th October and are expected to take a week to complete.

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