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Dulverton Weir and Leat Restoration

05 February 2020 : Council news

SWT is working in partnership with the Dulverton Weir and Leat Conservation Trust to restore and safeguard the town’s medieval weir and leat system.

The Council, which has a statutory obligation to keep water moving through the system, will be carrying out initial repairs to the footpath along the side of Dulverton Leat from Northmoor Road to the Guildhall.

A multi-disciplinary team from SWT are working together with the Trust on a number of practical and longer-term plans to restore the ancient waterway and secure the asset.

Cllr Marcus Kravis, Executive Member for Assets, said: “The Council values this historic waterway and recognises its importance both locally and nationally.

This is a tangible example of the ongoing co-operation between the Trust and the Council to restore the iconic weir and leat to its rightful place as part of Dulverton’s heritage.”

The Trust is a registered charity established in 2016 to promote the permanent preservation of the weir and leat for the benefit of the public. The Council and the Trust will be continuing negotiations to come to the best arrangement for the long term future of the asset.

Philip Hull, Trustee of the Dulverton Weir and Leat Conservation Trust said: “We are very pleased that this project is beginning to make progress.

As part of the Partnership Trust volunteers will take over responsibility for the operation of the leat sluice gates in Northmoor Road and this year we have a full programme of archaeological digs, arts and education events to raise public awareness of this valuable ancient monument which is recognised by academics as one of the best preserved medieval weir and leat systems in England”.

More information about the Trust can be found on their website