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Consultation begins on River Dove alterations

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: January 08, 2014

Low River Levels - River Dove - Between Hatton + Tutbury

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A CONSULTATION over proposed enhancement works along the River Dove has been announced.

The Environment Agency has revealed it is considering work at Dove Cliff Weir in a bid to improve fish passage and ‘restore natural processes’.

The body is now urging anyone who would like to comment on the plans or to ask questions to get in touch before the end of the month.

A spokesman for the Environment Agency said: “We are looking at undertaking Dove Cliff Weir in order to boost the site for fish passage and restore natural processes along the River Dove.

“These works are likely to go ahead during 2014 and may result in the alteration or removal of the weir and adjacent structures as part of the enhancement works, to meet water framework directive objectives for the River Dove.

“We would like to hear from people with any legal interest in the weir, the River Dove (up to half a mile above and below the weir) and the surrounding area that may be affected by the works that have not already been contacted regarding this project.

“Any person with potential interest wishing to make inquiries about the proposals can do so by January 24.”

Anyone who would like to submit an inquiry is urged to write to Fisher German Chartered Accountants, 80 Tamworth Road, Ashby, LE65 2BY.

The scheme was first mooted as part of a multi-million pound project to help keep Burton and South Derbyshire free from flooding, and was completed last year.

It was first earmarked as part of the Environment Agency’s Lower Dove flood scheme in South Derbyshire, which has reduced the risk of flooding to 1,600 homes and major commercial properties.

Construction of the £8.7 million scheme began in September 2012, and consisted of around 5km of new and improved flood defences on the border of Staffordshire and Derbyshire.

The work has involved improving existing defences along the Foston Brook, in Scropton, and raising and extending embankments for the River Dove in Hatton, Scropton and Egginton in a bid to ward off future problems.

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