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Work begins to clear debris from Durham’s main weir

by Group Office on 31 October, 2022

Work is underway to remove debris from the main weir in Durham City.

Having received a licence from Natural England to carry out the works, Durham County Council has begun clearing Framwellgate Weir of trees and shrubs.

Natural England’s approval was required to ensure the protection of the natural habitat of an otter using the weir.

After constructing an alternative resting place for the otter, a specialist team has started to clear the weir, which was heavily affected by fallen trees and branches following previous storms.

Although this week’s recent rainfall and increased water levels have made conditions more challenging, the team has successfully begun the clean-up operation and will continue working to clear the weir.

The council has committed to undertaking regular inspections following any future flooding and arranging further clean-up operations to minimise the collection of debris. This will be complemented by regular litter picks along the riverbanks to ensure the city’s natural habitat remains clean.

Cllr David Freeman said:

“Looking after our city and its natural habitat is of utmost importance to us. We want everyone who lives, works in and visits Durham to be able to enjoy every aspect of their time here.

Earlier this year the council announced a £1.4 million investment for the repair and maintenance of footpaths and road surfaces in Durham City.

A stretch of footpath has been refurbished and the carriageway resurfaced at Claypath. A specialist contractor has also carried out work at Durham Market Place, Magdalene Steps and Old Elvet Bridge to clean the city’s public spaces. Footpath repair works have also been carried out in the Market Place.

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