Fish holding up start on Buckby Flight repair

Published: Wednesday, 05 August 2020

THOUGH the equipment for the repair of Buckby Flight was on site yesterday, Tuesday, today will be spent removing fish.

The flight on the Grand Union Canal where it meets the Leicester Arm was closed last week as the result of a 'burst cill', and though the equipment needed was delivered yesterday, today is being spend removing fish from the short pound before it can be completely drained, Keith Gudgin reports.

Many boats held up

We are told there are now many boats held up by the stoppage with many from Crick and the other marinas on the Leicester Section both waiting to get down and back up the flight in addition to those from Whilton Marina at the bottom of the flight and such as Braunston, all now held up, that can most likely be for a week—simply to repair a broken cill.

The latest report from our contributor Tom Redway, cycling the towpaths and talking to fellow boaters, learns that there are now over 50 boats stuck waiting, most with holidays spoilt and hire boaters unable to get back to bases.

How different

How different from the days when Dr David Fletcher was in charge as told by Ralph Freeman, the days when we were held up by a broken cill on the Atherstone Flight on the Coventry that was reported one morning and was replaced with the waterway open the following afternoon.