The overflowing Welland. Picture courtesy of Lincolnshire Drones.

No work yet on bank breach

Work has yet to start on repairing a breached bank of the River Welland.

The Environment Agency said discovering asbestos had been used previously would delay things, and now the birds are nesting so cannot be disturbed.
The bank was breached on April 22 at the Crowland and Cowbit Washes.
Removing asbestos, used in previous piling, is subject to strict regulation.
“A start date to begin repairs will be communicated as soon as possible. We have been able to increase the water levels in the river by 500mm. We will continue this and review increasing river levels during the repair works. We will restore the river to normal levels once the repairs have been completed,” said a statement.
The agency is also monitoring wildlife on the site and legislation is in place to protect nesting birds.
Spalding Water Taxi will not run all summer as a result, see page 7.
lThe Environment Agency brought legal action against Anglian Water Services Ltd which was found guilty of failing, without reasonable excuse, to comply with a requirement to provide records to the agency.
The water company was convicted and the sentencing has been adjourned to July 5 at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court.
The case arose out of a wider investigation involving all ten water companies into potential non-compliance with environmental permit conditions at more than 2,000 waste water treatment works.
Anglian Water Services Ltd had entered a not guilty plea to failing, without reasonable excuse, to respond to one of these notices served under Section 108 of the Environmental Act 1995, contrary to Section 110(2)(a) of the Environment Act 1995 between dates in January 2022 and 2023.
The company claimed to have a reasonable excuse for non-compliance, but district judge Kenneth Sheraton, after hearing evidence, rejected the claim.

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