Work begins in the river

Finally, after so much planning, writing of bids, liaising with various people and organisations, the capital works part of our Living Heritage of the River Don project has started!

We have our contractors Bailey Construction on site and in the river at Steelbank.  They have dammed off the river at the top of the weir and are breaking out the weir at this moment so that they can build the fish pass in the weir.

Steelbank Weir being dammed off so that works can commence

AG Shepherd have kindly let us have access to their yard so that the contractors can access the weir.  The river is very constrained at this point with the A61 Penistone Rd on one side of the river and a series of industrial units on the other, so without AG Shepherd, life would be more difficult!

Steelbank weir from the A61 Penistone Rd

We have another four weirs that we are working on as part of this project and hopefully (weather permitting) they will all be completed by the end of this year.  Keep checking back with us on Facebook, Twitter, our website or our blog for further updates.