Scaffolding erected in the three-lock staircase to allow public access to inspect the drained locks.

Grindley Brook locks host first open day for a while

THE Canal and River Trust invited visitors to have a look at maintenance work on the three-lock staircase at Grindley Brook near Whitchurch in Shropshire on February 5.

Scaffolding erected in the three-lock staircase to allow public access to inspect the drained locks.
Scaffolding erected in the three-lock staircase to allow public access to inspect the drained locks.

Because of the Covid pandemic this was one of the first open days to resume with the trust’s chief executive Richard Parry attending and looking forward to more of these events over the next few months during the winter works programme.

Visitors in the middle lock of the Grindley Brook staircase.
Visitors in the middle lock of the Grindley Brook staircase.

The locks are on the Llangollen Canal and are used extensively during the summer season so the winter works included repairs to the wooden lock gates, cills and access ladders. With locks having to be drained for the work to take place the chance was taken to set up an intricate scaffolding access system to safely let people down into the lock chambers.

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Further down the lock flight, the CRT Angling team with help from the Port Sunlight Angling Club give visitors a chance to try their hand at fishing.
Further down the lock flight, the CRT Angling team with help from the Port Sunlight Angling Club give visitors a chance to try their hand at fishing.

People were asked to book a time to go on the tour down the locks but extra tours had to be put on as lots of people turned up without booking. Further down the lock flight between Locks 4 and 5 people had the chance to have a go at fishing under guidance from the CRT angling team and the Port Sunlight Angling Club.

CRT chief executive Richard Parry, right chatting with Simon Lockett one of the work team involved with the project.
CRT chief executive Richard Parry, right chatting with Simon Lockett one of the work team involved with the project.

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