Vote for Braunston

Posted: Sat, 28 Oct 2017 15:52 by Janet Taylor

Please go to: www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk/voting/project/view/17-1722 and vote.

It won't have escaped anyone's notice that the Gwash Weir in the village has fallen into a fairly decrepit state over recent years. Over the years, the weir wall has been extended to prevent water running around the end of the original weir. However, this extension has been underwashed and water is now leaking underneath the extension wall. The fire pond has also collected quite an amount of silt, which constrains its capacity.

Following the recent fire at Gainsborough Cottage, when the Gwash's current lack of use as a fire pond was highlighted, the Parish Council has joined forces with the Welland Rivers Trust, which looks afer rivers and their landscape around the Welland Valley, in a bid to improve the situation. A joint application for a grant from the Aviva Community Projects fund has thus been submitted to fix the broken weir and to generally tidy up the area around it. Aviva has recently accepted the application, and now it's up to the rest of us to give the bid the impetus it needs to succeed. If we are to get money from Aviva — the project is looking for £3000 with a further £1000 contingency — we now have to show a good level of support from within our community. This effectively means online votes for the project.

Please go to: www.avivacommunityfund.co.uk/voting/project/view/17-1722 to get involved, register, and vote for the project. Votes count when it come to this sort of thing, so please also encourage friends and relatives to do the same, no matter where they live.

The renovation works would hope to be commenced after the spring rains next year, and would look to stabilise the foundation of the weir extension wall and dredge and contain the fire pond. The plan is then for a volunteer squad to cut back some of the over zealous vegetation, remove rubbish, and generally do all they can to return the area to a valuable and picturesque community resource one more.

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