…and still the swans do nothing.
I am, it is obvious, no videographer, but this is the breach in the embankment between the Barbridge Inn and the Barbridge Junction. The powers that be are onto it – the expanded plastic netting has been staked out, in yellow rather than orange (yellow means awoogah woogah, whereas orange is just awoogah) – but given the flow of water I do fear that they have but a day or so, at best, to stop the embankment going the way of Middlewich. As in “down into the surrounding countryside”. This is one heck of a long stretch of lock-free canal to drain through if it were to go…
I walked the rubbish up to the Barbridge bins at Sparrowcough o’clock this morning, and spotted the yellow netting. I declined to investigate further, since it was not evident whether anything at all was holding up the towpath. I don’t know whether it helps or hinders that it is at the site of a sluice. The embankment here is probably twenty feet or so high. The fields behind would form a most interesting lake, should they be filled.
I don’t know whether or not to move, really. At the moment I am one lock down on the Middlewich Branch, but it probably matters not. The stretch of Shropshire Union at risk is currently the only feed. If it breaches, we’ll all quite quickly be grounded. If they have to put stop-boards in for a few days while they fix it, we’ll all quite quickly be grounded.
No idea whether just chucking old filing cabinets and dead cats down the hole would be in the least effective, or whether this is a JCBs-rally-to-the-flag jobbie. I only know that the longer that water flows the more it will flow and the more it will wash away, in some sort of positive-feedback arrangement, the outcome of which would be very, very negative.
It does seem rather that every direction I turn on the canals some part of it breaks or falls off. I do hope that it is mere coincidence, and not something that I am doing.
This is most disfabulous, most disfabulous indeed.
If anybody asks about this leak then please remember – I didn’t do it, it was like that when I found it. I think that some big boys broke it.
The old Victorians who built these beasties did a fantastic job, building them far, far better than we ever would today, but I do fear that the canal system is crumbling at an increasing rate. This sort of thing is why the whole system needs to be a NATIONALISED and National treasure, not left in the hands of faux-private enterprise and faux-charity.
Will there be a “JustGiving” appeal page to help towards this one, I wonder?
Here’s a suggestion. How about, instead of spending thousands and thousands of millions on feathering the nest of our rat-like politicians (the Palace of Westminster restoration, the price of which rises by the minute), we spend some of that money on giving the canals the tender, loving, national care that they need?
Perhaps – now here’s a jolly wheeze – we could bung politicians down the various breaches to block them up again?
That’s an idea, surely, that has legs.
p.s., Welcome, Linda!