WHEN Canal & River Trust people arrived at Shebdon Embankment on the Shroppie for a proposed short stoppage to replace a stop gate it had 'gone missing'!
On investigation it was found that 'the gate head had rotted that much that the gate has fell over and is now lying in the bottom of the canal', according to the West Midland Region Stoppage/Construction Co-ordinator, who was proposing a short four days stoppage at Shebdon on the Shropshire Union Canal on the 7th to 9th of December.
No quick swap
So now, instead of a presumably quick swap under a restriction notice they need to drain off the section of canal by installing stop planks, pumping out the section and slinging-up the gate from the bottom of the canal then obviously replacing it.
The photograph shows the condition of the stop gate two years ago.
Just how much will that cost being undertaken by contractors? Will it ever learn that a stitch in time saves, presumably, many £1000's of pounds?