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Plantations and Plantation Gates

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Bridge over the River Douglas in The Plantations December 1981
Photo: Philip Croasdale
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Bridge over the River Douglas in The Plantations December 1981

Comment by: . Ozymandias . on 30th December 2016 at 17:22

Here's another view that's changed forever, the far side of this bridge having been lowered by several feet during the construction of the dam around 2011 or thereabouts. The reason for this work evidently, was to allow the water to flow over that side of the bridge in the event of floodwater backing up from the dam, thereby relieving pressure on the upstream side of the bridge. Or so I was informed by a bloke with a clipboard, wearing a spotlessly clean Hi-Viz jacket and equally immaculate, straight out of the box, hard hat. The 200 < > tons of clean infill that came out of the bridge was, no doubt at considerable expense, trucked up to the plantation gates, then down Wigan lane to be dumped at the bottom of Coppull lane, when in my view, it could have been put to much better use, raising the level of the path by the river going towards the almshouses, which, since the opening of the dam, has been a constant quagmire, even in dry weather......But then again, what do I know ?

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