AN INITIAL series of four public open days are to be hosted by the Canal & River Trust charity at Toddbrook Reservoir dam in Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire, during October.
Residents of Whaley Bridge and surrounding areas affected by the recent dam emergency are invited to book onto the free one-hour tours which will take place on Friday 11, Saturday 12, Friday 25 and Saturday 26 October, 10am-4pm.
Staff from the Canal & River Trust will provide an update on work to repair the damaged dam and escort visitors onto the construction site to view the drained reservoir close up.
Regular community surgery sessions are also being held by the Trust’s special Whaley Bridge Community Engagement Manager Gillian Renshaw. Local residents affected by the dam emergency can call in to drop-in sessions held every Wednesday, 2-4pm, at the town’s Transhipment Warehouse.
Gillian explained: “We are keen to keep the local community informed at every step of the way as we make plans to repair Toddbrook Reservoir dam after it was damaged during the extreme summer rainfall.
“Independent specialists are currently investigating what happened and the Trust’s expert engineers are working on a detailed repair plan, based on their findings. This is a complex process and we are not expecting to start physical construction work on-site until after Christmas.
“The reservoir will remain drained while the repair programme is carried out. We want to reassure local residents and businesses that they are absolutely safe and the dam poses no risk, no matter how much rain falls this winter.”
The reservoir tours are free but must be booked in advance through the Canal & River Trust website event page. Each one hour tour will be open to up to 22 people. As the dam is a construction site, all visitors are strongly advised to wear walking boots or suitable footwear. Meeting point is Toddbrook Sailing Club. Due to parking restrictions, residents are encouraged to walk to the event if possible. Book here: https://toddbrook.eventbrite.co.uk