There had been some thoroughly unpleasant incidents with vandals coming under Tat Bank bridge, crossing the canal on the bridging pontoon and vandalising
The first navigation of the Tat Bank feeder in many years! Photo Wayne Attwood.
some of the boats moored there.
It became apparent that the end of the fence blocking the access under the bridge had been removed.
A work party moved the pontoon that provided the access to the moorings, and found the missing piece of fence in the canal.
A subsequent work party re-attached the fence, (using the bolts from the bridging pontoon, and bending the bolts so they could not be removed again.)
With a bit of luck, the moorings should be secure again. Certainly there have been no more incidents.
With the bridging pontoon moved, there is no definite end to the Tat Bank feeder, so Phoenix navigated down the cut for a hundred yards or so – the first navigation in many years. Definitely not for the faint hearted – Phoenix unloaded draws very little water, and she was definitely pushing through the silt.
On a stunningly successful work party in November, 12 volunteers filled Crowe and Phoenix from only three bridge holes.
Hooked from the bottom of three bridge holes on the Tame Valley Canal
The job was far from finished – so they had another go.
(Due to a communications glitch – this was originally posted as a workparty on Jan 19th – there is not one then)
In 2016 Lapal Canal Trust made some big strides towards restoring the Dudley No 2 canal.
There was substantial excavation of Harborne Wharf by Careys, a WRG work camp to restore the canal wall. (There is another WRG camp starting on 29 July – see the Diary or the WRG website.)
The ground was laser scanned, so that they can take sections to help estimate the material to moved to restore canal as far as California. (Near Barnes Hill Asda rather than Mexico, for those who don’t know the area)
This was done by Ken Pearson of Laser Scans Ltd.
In addition they got a further £30000 funding for further work from the Headley fund.
Well Done Lapal Canal Trust!
A project for this year is to update our moorings and facilities guide – in two ways. One of them is to revisit all of the moorings and reassess them, and the second is to add details and photographs of all of them on the website.
The pdf file, which is designed to be printed out (ideally on both sides of a sheet of A4) is to have in your pocket as an aide-memoire.
The web pages will have photographs and comments. We welcome contributions of both.