Posted: 27.08.20 at 09:10 by The Editor
Major works along the River Mease at Measham are planned by the Trent Rivers Trust.
The work is in collaboration with partners of the River Mease Catchment Restoration Project and focuses on the river’s Special Area of Conservation and Site of Special Scientific Interest.
The TRT’s website says eight schemes are due to be delivered across the catchment area, from river restoration schemes on the River Mease itself to sediment trapping schemes at the headwaters of tributaries.
Details reveal that there will be an enhancement of Gilwiskaw Brook, which flows from Ashby, at Lodge Farm.
There is a re-profiling of the Mease planned for Birds Hill with further work earmarked between Money Hill and Yew Tree Farm towards Acresford and Netherseal.
And there will re-profiling at Chilcote Brook where it meets the Mease.
The TRT says the delivery is the culmination of a year’s worth of preparation, marking the end of the first year of this three-year project.
Works will take place around Measham and Chilcote in North West Leicestershire, Netherseal and Overseal in South Derbyshire and Edingale and Croxall in the Lichfield district.
The project is co-funded by the Environment Agency and the local authority Developer Contribution Scheme to improve the water quality, habitat and biodiversity of the River Mease, which is one of the most highly designated rivers in the country, as a Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
The works will result in 9km of watercourse being restored to more natural conditions, creating better habitat for the designated species - 8km of which is on the main River Mease itself.
In addition, the works will also create 7.4ha of terrestrial habitat improvements, including enhancement of the riparian zone, tree planting and wetland creation.
More details about the schemes can be found in the site notices which are required as part of the consultation to work under the Environment Agency’s permitted development rights.
You can read them here: Chilcote Brook
If you have any comments on the proposals should be submitted before September 19, 2020.