Birmingham, B29

Sunday, 19 July 2009

Get the wellies and cat snorkels out

posted by pindec
More heavy rain today meant bad things for the River Rea through Selly Park.

It's high - a few inches below the banks - and the playing fields are all sodden, so more monsoonery and it'll be paddling time again :(. The weather still isn't great, although the river has subsided over the afternoon, so we don't appear to be in critical danger for tonight.

The last Selly Park South Neighbourhood meeting had the Council talking more about improvements to the river under Dogpoo Lane - including apparently the installation of an Environment Agency water gauge so they can tell when the river's high: would be good to get a live feed of that data. However, work won't start till Jan 2010 and take several months, so in the meantime it's back to battening down the hatches and crossing fingers.

The work also includes ripping out the nice old balustrades and replacing them with concrete. Can we get something impressive done with the old ones? Put them in Canon Hill Park maybe?

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  • At 1:40 pm, August 04, 2009 , Blogger Robert Wright said...

    Although concrete will form the core of the walls of the new bridge, it shouldn't be visible because the proposal is to clad it in red brick to match the nearby houses and other buildings.

  • At 3:11 pm, August 13, 2009 , Anonymous pindec said...

    Great, thanks for letting us know.

    Still would be nice to re-use the old bridge rather than just chucking it - e.g. put it in Canon Hill Park.

    What do we need to do to make that happen?


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