Toddbrook rebuild latest

The Canal and River Trust have made known details of their alternative overflow solutions to the dam construction. It was the overflow ‘spillway’ feature that failed during heavy weather in 2019. The proposals would restore the dam face to grassy slope with overflow provided in new channels to the River Goyt.

A consultation process has started on two alternative locations for the overflow. One option would be to build a new spillway to the left of the damaged dam wall which would pass through part of the Whaley Bridge Sailing Club car park. This could have an impact on the sailing club’s launch slipway but the Trust – which leases land to the club – said it would make “suitable alternative arrangements”.

The other option proposed would be to build a spillway through woodland to the right of the old overflow, which would go through the town’s war memorial park. In a letter to residents, the trust said it would “treat this area with due sensitivity and importance”.

A decision will be made in the autumn. Work will not begin until 2021, is due to be finished in 2023 and set to cost more than £10m.

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