The Trust has now been given Consent to remove the Big Pipe from the bed of the Lichfield Canal at Pound 27 and has given notice to SCC to start the pipe removal next Wednesday 11th May.
The Big Pipe was originally installed in the bed of the old canal when it was abandoned and infilled in the 1960's, to take residual water flows and urban water run off from the south of Lichfield
Trust officers and our consultants have worked tirelessly for the last three years to agree the necessary provisions for water to pass through this canal site and to get approvals to proceed, and even with this Consent in place to remove the big pipe, we are still in ongoing negotiations with the EA on the issue of impounding water in this section
This great achievement is a significant milestone in the restoration of this section of the Lichfield Canal and with its removal the Trust volunteers can now progress the remaining canal lining along the bed of the canal which has been prevented by the pipe being in the way
Finning CAT the international construction plant company based in Cannock, have kindly offered to provide the Telehandler for the removal of the pipe next week
Other events are being planned for next week to celebrate this significant event .... Watch this space !
Our thanks go to all those volunteers for their patience struggling to restore the canal round this pipe and to all who have helped in the behind the scenes design and negotiations
LIchfield Canal Trust
The BIG PIPE - finally it can go!
The Big Pipe in March 2001
Excavating around the Big Pipe in May 2015
Breaking concrete covering a joint in October 2015
Working around it in March 2016