Friday, 10 July 2009

Jesus Green lock

Repairs to the Jesus Green lock are currently taking place and will run until the end of July.

River manager Phillippa Noon has asked JGA members to suggest ways to improve the lock island garden. If anyone has ideas, then please email us and we will send on the comments to her

Letter from Phillippa Noon

With reference to our brief conversation following the Jesus Green Stakeholder liaison workshop at the Wesley Chapel on 20 April, I can now confirm that the Conservators are due to suspend navigation through Jesus Lock for the period Friday 19th June to Friday 31st July inclusive.

During this period of closure, the old wooden v-doors will be lifted out and taken to a specialist workshop in Halifax.

There, they will be copied by craftsmen using new oak timbers, thence returned to the lock in late July.

A mobile crane is to be used to perform the lifting operations, positioned beside Jesus Green Lock-Keeper’s House.

In order to ensure public safety during operations, we have requested a public footpath closure along the frontage of Jesus Green Lock-Keeper’s House and Jesus Green footbridge on the following dates:Wednesday 24 June 2009, 8am to 6pm Tuesday 28 July 2009, 8am to 6pm.

We have allowed a generous time ‘window’ however, it is most likely that both footpaths will be reopened before the end of the afternoon.

Fencing will demarcate the site working area and signs will be in place to re-direct pedestrians and cyclists. Clearly, the footpath closure on both days will have an impact upon local residents and we should be grateful for any assistance which you might lend us in communicating this closure to local residents.

Pedestrians and cyclists wishing to seek access to and from Chesterton Road will have to use alternative river crossings (Victoria Bridge or Magdalene Bridge). Standard footpath closure notices will be displayed, in accordance with the County Council’s requirements, in due course.

Finally, the lock gate refurbishment project offers us with the opportunity of reviewing the design of the garden on the lock island. If the Residents’ Association has any views on the planting scheme, we should appreciate your feedback. Thank you for your attention and assistance.

Yours sincerely

Dr Philippa E. Noon

River Manager

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