Ornamental Canal Upkeep

photoI received a couple of complaints recently about the upkeep of the Ornamental Canal, including over the absence of any drain cover which sadly led to some moorhen chicks being sucked in and drowned. I took these issues up with the council and received the reply below. I am glad to see that action has now been taken.

20 July 2016

Reference: 5338167

Dear Councillor Dockerill

Enquiry regarding: ME – Ornamental Canal in Wapping

In response to your query received on 11 July 2016 in relation to the Canal in Wapping.

I can confirm that our service provider Bow Maintenance and Landscapes have been working over and above specification in removing all duckweed (Lemnoideae) from the canal. Duckweed is extremely fast growing in sunny conditions and due to the vast array of wildlife on the canal it is not possible to chemically treat the issue.

With regards to the Buddleia growing from the historical dock wall, I can confirm that an order was raised for the removal of the weed which has subsequently been removed. The issue here is similar to the removal of duckweed and we are not able to chemically treat this due to the close proximity to the water.

With regards to the water outlets, a mesh has been placed on these to ensure that nesting birds are not at harm. This issue has been discussed with the swan sanctuary and the RSPB whose advice is to not interfere at all with the wildlife on the canal

Thank you for bringing this matter to our attention.

L Nelson- Beer

Interim Head Clean, Green and Highways

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