WinterReady Winter Campaign

WeatherReady Winter Campaign by the Met Office

WeatherReady is a year round campaign run by the Met Office, in partnership with the Cabinet Office, to help individuals prepare for, and cope with, severe weather. The winter campaign encourages individuals, families and communities to think about winter preparations they can make to help them stay warm, healthy and safe at this time of year.

Details on the WeatherReady campaign including weather related advice covering the themes of health, travel and property can be accessed via the following link: www.metoffice.gov.uk/weatherready.

“Be Winter Ready” Campaign by Western Power Distribution

The electricity and gas networks have come together again to help members of the public prepare in case they have a power cut or gas emergency this winter through its annual ‘Be Winter Ready’ campaign, which is launching on 2nd December.

While electricity supplies are very reliable, bad winter weather can cause damage and disruption. As the nights get colder and darker, the chance of experiencing severe weather becomes more likely. Storms, floods and other extreme conditions can cause damage to the electricity network and disrupt energy supplies.

To Be Winter Ready, we’re urging the public to:

• Know your free emergency numbers – in a power cut call 105 or, for a gas emergency, dial 0800 111999.

• Prepare your home – keep a torch handy and get your appliances serviced by a Gas Safe registered engineer to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. Vulnerable households can also get extra support by signing up to the Priority Services Register.

• Keep your eyes open – keep an eye on the weather forecast and, if you have a power cut or a gas emergency, check on your neighbours.

We have created a digital toolkit of materials to communicate this information, including social media posts, a poster and leaflet: www.energynetworks.org/news/public-information/be-winter-ready-toolkit.html

Please share the posts on Facebook and Twitter, on websites and share in a newsletter or print flyers and posters. We’d really appreciate it if you can help us to reach people with this advice.

The Priority Services Register
The Priority Services Register is a free service provided by the company and is eligible for anyone who is of pensionable age, disabled, has children under 5 years old or relies on medical equipment.
As part of the service, customers are kept informed as much as possible of power cuts affecting their home and are given special help, if needed, through the British Red Cross.
The Priority Services Register offers peace of mind for vulnerable customers and their families and we do our very best to ensure that their needs are met at all times.
We already have 1.8 million customers on our register.

To find out more information or to register, please call us on 0800 096 3080 or visit www.westernpower.co.uk/psr.

Village Defibrillator

A new cabinet has been purchased which means that the Parish Council defibrillator which was formerly housed inside the club has now been re-located on the outside wall, making it much more accessible to all.

Dove Cliff weir – delays

Unfortunately, the recent heavy rains across the UK, and in the Midlands in particular, have led to very high river flows in the River Dove. These have caused the works on Dove Cliff weir to be suspended temporarily for health and safety reasons. The weir has not yet been removed and no work has been undertaken on the structure to date. All works so far have been to create the temporary works, such as access and site set-up, ready for the weir removal to go ahead.

Further details can be found at:

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Recognition for The Station Heritage Group

The Royal Horticultural Society Heart of England in Bloom, ‘it’s your neighbourhood scheme’ has recognised the work done by the Station Heritage Group as ‘Level 4 – Thriving’. This is only one level removed from the ultimate ‘Outstanding’ award.

A huge congratulations and thanks to all of those who regularly turn out to work on the project, a very worthy award.

Dove Cliff Weir update

Dove Cliff Weir Removal – July 2019 update

Background

We are working to restore the River Dove to improve biodiversity and improve fish passage through the entire Dove catchment. The best solution for fish passage in our rivers is to remove barriers, such as weirs and sluices, especially when they are in a poor condition and serve no other purpose as they can cost lots of money and resources to operate and maintain.

Fish passes alone do nothing to improve the habitat required for fish to spawn and grow. However, removing weirs does, by allowing the sediments within the river to deposit naturally, creating the right downstream environments.

Why are we removing the weir?

Our 2016 structural assessment has shown sections of the weir to be in a poor condition.

As the weir is not required for river level gauging, or to help manage flood risk, it serves no purpose and is therefore redundant.

Dove Cliff weir forms the first barrier to fish migration along the River Dove. Its removal will improve the effectiveness of fish pass solutions installed at barriers upstream in the Dove catchment.

Benefits of removing this weir

On its own Dove Cliff weir currently completely blocks or delays ecological migration of up to 1187km. This equates to 90% of the catchment. Removing this Environment Agency-owned weir will open up over 30 miles of habitat for fish and other species.

Removing the weir will:

  •   Allow easier movement of fish between habitats
  •   Increase and improve habitats suitable for spawning
  •   Support and improve the ecological diversity within the river
  •   Allow the important spawning gravels to redistribute downstream of the weir, having a positive

    effect on the downstream fish spawning grounds and stabilising the riverbed The reconnected habitat will support fish stocks across the Dove catchment.

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What we will be doing

We will remove most of the weir down to riverbed level, leaving a small section on the south bank for heritage purposes. We recognise the historical context of the location and will continue to work with local archaeologists and Council Historic Advisors throughout this project.

During the works, a temporary channel will be created to divert the river and allow the weir to be removed in a dry working area. This is for ease of works, to minimise the risk of silt being disturbed and entering the river uncontrolled, and to allow archaeologists to safely record the structure. Fish will use the temporary channel to freely move up and downstream.

The temporary channel will maintain the flow in the river and we will provide a small proportion of flow down the Mill Leat similar to now.

This work has no impact on flood risk.
We will take all appropriate action to minimise the impact of silt release during the works.

Timescales

All construction work will take account of fish spawning seasons.

February 2019 – site preparation works including some tree removal to minimise risk of birds nesting

August / September 2019 – compound and haul roads set up

September 2019 – start construction, including bypass channel and in-channel works

December 2019 / January 2020 – complete construction

There will be some restrictions to the working area for health and safety reasons, as it will be a live construction site. After the works are completed the existing access will be reinstated.

There will be some disruption to angling in the vicinity of the weir during the works, due to the necessary construction site boundary, but we will look to minimise impacts.

We will confirm working hours nearer the time but it is usually Monday to Friday, 7:30am – 5pm.

Further information

We have an online information page about this project, which we will keep updated on a regular basis. The link to this page is https://consult.environment-agency.gov.uk/west-midlands/removal-of-dove-cliff-weir

Contact us

If you have any queries about this project, please contact our Engagement Team via email at Engagement_WestMids@environment-agency.gov.uk or by telephone on 0203 025 1583.

Dove Cliff weir briefing note – July 2019