Firstly, thank you for the overwhelmingly positive comments we have received. As you may know; in order to prevent the condition of the watercourse deteriorating, the most effective option is to divert it into the Grange Field away from adjacent properties.
Hopefully this link to the drawings and visualisations (pdf, 10MB) conveys more clearly the enhancements we are trying to achieve.
This design has the ability to bring significant benefits - reducing flood risk, increasing biodiversity, improving water quality and generally enhance the local area. It will better serve the community as a whole and will also reduce the council’s on-going management liabilities. This is due to easier access and needing comparatively fewer costly maintenance operations. The potential environmental benefits will also allow for further grant bids to be submitted - hopefully bringing additional funds to Bishop’s Cleeve.
However, there are a number of constraints we have to accommodate. Not least of which is the Wildlife and Countryside Act and the Protection of Badgers Act. This dictates when we can get on site and how we work. Provisionally we are looking at conducting further survey work in July 2018, culminating in enabling work in August and September (outside of the bird nesting season). It is anticipated the majority of the works will be finished by the end of 2018.
As we are enhancing the area, certain elements such as seeding and planting will understandably be on-going. For instance; it will take a few seasons to fully establish the planting regime. It will be dependent on how successfully seeds germinate and the planting establishes (and our unpredictable weather). Therefore, even after the main works have been completed, the land may look fairly bare in patches until everything starts to establish and find a balance.
We believe that this is an exciting opportunity to create an enhanced and inclusive public open space which will be seen as an important local resource, improving the quality of life for both people and wildlife.
Your continued help and support with the project is very much appreciated.