Step closer for bridge for River Tamar Walkway & Wetland Project

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The £2.2 million flood defence scheme in Calstock – The River Tamar Walkway & Wetland Project – has recently enjoyed some good news, with significant milestones being reached.

The Environment Agency has dug deep and managed to unlock sufficient funds to help Tamar Community Trust complete the construction of the bridge that will ensure the 1.2km stretch of the Tamar Valley Discovery Trail is maintained. A funding agreement is now in place between Tamar Community Trust and the Environment Agency, allowing the project to proceed and for work to progress purposefully.

In addition, a detailed design for the bridge has now been completed and has been rigorously checked by Cornwall Council allowing the discharge of the planning condition.

The piling and foundation work for the bridge is expected to commence by mid- to late-August. However, Tamar Community Trust would like to make it clear that the site is very susceptible to adverse weather and rapidly changing ground conditions, but the desire and intention is for the project to now be completed within 2021.

Jane Kiely, Chair of Tamar Community Trust, says: “It is very exciting to see the project gaining momentum and we now have a route to complete the construction of the bridge. I would like to thank all the volunteers involved who have and continue to work really hard on the project. I would like to especially thank the generosity of the Environment Agency in finding the required funding to help make the project happen.”

To be kept up-to-date with progress on the project, and notifications of when planned work is due to commence, please see www.calstockparishcouncil.gov.uk, tamarvalley.org.uk (click on News), @TVAONB (Facebook and Twitter) or look out for updates on the public notice boards neighbouring the site.

UPDATE from Tamar Community Trust –  13.08.21

The project is progressing well. Sufficient funding to complete the project has now been received from the Environment Agency and the planning condition has been discharged. The site is known to be vulnerable to rapidly changing ground conditions, but every effort to complete the project this autumn will be made.
The driving of the piles is due to commence week beginning 23rd August. Lorries will be making deliveries into the site via the car park in Calstock on the Monday morning, so we are requesting that local residents park sympathetically to make access as easy as possible for the lorries and to prevent damage to property.
At present, we expect to need to close the river path for a period of 6 to 8 weeks from mid to late September onwards whilst the bridge and breach will be made, to enable the work to be carried out safely. We will seek to keep local residents updated with more precise and firmer information when it is available.

image courtesy of Pete Thompson

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