The City of London Corporation has devised a plan to reinforce the dam at Highams Park Lake while saving facilities for the community

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The future of a threatened water sports centre used by hundreds of children looks set to be secured.

The boathouse at Highams Park Lake looked set to be torn down as the Corporation of London carried out work to reinforce a dam which could not cope with extreme weather at the site.

But now, the City of London Corporation, has submitted a planning application for improvements to the dam which include maintaing the boathouse on the site.

A spokesman said: “Crucially the project’s designer, Royal Haskoning DHV, has come up with a scheme which will allow the existing Michael Mallinson Water Sports Centre used by Walthamstow Scouts to stay.”

Highams Park Lake was created by the famous landscape designer Humphry Repton in 1794 and has been used by Walthamstow Scouts group for canoeing for over 30 years.

The lake is classified as a Class A large raised reservoir.

Geoff Sinclair, the City of London Corporation’s Head of Forest Operations, said: “We have listened to local concerns and worked with consultants Royal Haskoning DHV to submit design plans which will improve the safety of the dam without the need to remove the water sports centre.

“The proposed works will cost the City of London Corporation in the region of £1.7 million and we are hosting an information evening soon so that park users and residents can come and find out more.”

The information evening will take place on February 24 at Joseph Clark School in Highams Park between 4.30pm and 8pm.

 

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12:06am Thu 20 Feb 14

Arsenal red says...

Am I missing something here ? We had the worst rainfall since records began. How has the dam not coped? Was there flooding in this area or further down the Ching, is the dam worn out or is this a waste of money, so pleased about the boathouse though
Am I missing something here ? We had the worst rainfall since records began. How has the dam not coped? Was there flooding in this area or further down the Ching, is the dam worn out or is this a waste of money, so pleased about the boathouse though Arsenal red
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3:38pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Thomas Hardy says...

Arsenal red wrote:
Am I missing something here ? We had the worst rainfall since records began. How has the dam not coped? Was there flooding in this area or further down the Ching, is the dam worn out or is this a waste of money, so pleased about the boathouse though
Obviously we haven't had a 'very extreme event' yet! - acording to City of London Webiste:
"Due to the size of the lake and it's complex relationship with the River Ching, the dam needs to withstand a very extreme event in accordance with the Resevoirs Act 1975. Such an event could have devastating consequences on the property of the residents, and businesses, who reside down river and within the flood plain. The Environment Agency has instructed the City of London to carry out dam reinforcement, so that it continues to comply with the 1975 Reservoirs Act.

A project is currently underway to re-design the dam at Highams Park by the City of London Corporation and external consultants. These works will cost in the region of £1.7 million. Habitat management and other improvement works are proposed to complement the dam reinforcement."

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[quote][p][bold]Arsenal red[/bold] wrote: Am I missing something here ? We had the worst rainfall since records began. How has the dam not coped? Was there flooding in this area or further down the Ching, is the dam worn out or is this a waste of money, so pleased about the boathouse though[/p][/quote]Obviously we haven't had a 'very extreme event' yet! - acording to City of London Webiste: "Due to the size of the lake and it's complex relationship with the River Ching, the dam needs to withstand a very extreme event in accordance with the Resevoirs Act 1975. Such an event could have devastating consequences on the property of the residents, and businesses, who reside down river and within the flood plain. The Environment Agency has instructed the City of London to carry out dam reinforcement, so that it continues to comply with the 1975 Reservoirs Act. A project is currently underway to re-design the dam at Highams Park by the City of London Corporation and external consultants. These works will cost in the region of £1.7 million. Habitat management and other improvement works are proposed to complement the dam reinforcement." http://www.cityoflon don.gov.uk/things-to -do/green-spaces/epp ing-forest/about-us/ Pages/Highams-Park.a spx Thomas Hardy
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7:02pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Arsenal red says...

Thank you Thomas
what type of very extreme event is required to test the dam ?
Surely the weather we're having has been the utmost test that could be imagined. Why isn't the level of Highams Park lake automatically monitored and water level kept at safe level by allowing a steady overflow along the Ching? Then when 40 days & nights of rain happen the lake can cope.
Isn't it always stated that our river water levels are much lower than they used to be because of water extraction by the water authorities?
Thank you Thomas what type of very extreme event is required to test the dam ? Surely the weather we're having has been the utmost test that could be imagined. Why isn't the level of Highams Park lake automatically monitored and water level kept at safe level by allowing a steady overflow along the Ching? Then when 40 days & nights of rain happen the lake can cope. Isn't it always stated that our river water levels are much lower than they used to be because of water extraction by the water authorities? Arsenal red
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