Call for more water in Stamford’s Mill Stream

Mill Stream project team, from left ,Cummins HSE Engineer Andy Russon, Stamford Town Counillor John Dawson,  Welland Rivers Trust project leader Dave Sones and Cummins operations manager Steve Earl
Mill Stream project team, from left ,Cummins HSE Engineer Andy Russon, Stamford Town Counillor John Dawson, Welland Rivers Trust project leader Dave Sones and Cummins operations manager Steve Earl

Calls for more water to be pumped into the Mill Stream in Stamford are to be stepped up now a £21,000 improvement project has been completed.

Those behind the project are lobbying the Environment Agency for water control limits to be altered to give the stream a stronger flow.

The Mill Stream loops from the River Welland above King’s Mill, around the Town Meadows and back to the main river at the Town Bridge.

When Tinwell Weir was built in the 1970s, the connection with the Welland was severed. The stream was downgraded and the Environment Agency no longer had to maintain it.

It has slowly deteriorated due to a lack of water and is only topped up by small underground streams and rain run-off from fields.

The project by the Welland Rivers Trust, Stamford Town Council and Stamford Civic Society Urban Group, funded mainly by a £17,999 grant from The Cummins Foundation, included:

l Removing overgrown plants

l Reinforcing damaged banks with woven faggot panels

l Back-filling banks with soil and sowing grass seed

l Replacing the old small weir with a graded gravel bed

lAdding fishing platforms.

More plants will be added in spring but the team say a fuller water flow is needed.

Project leader Dave Sones said: “Ideally, we would need to run the pump 24/7 as there is no other source of supply between Tinwell Weir (the head of the Mill Stream) and Melancholy Walk.

“As far as the Environment Agency is concerned, they could well alter their stance if they regarded the stream as a ‘diversion’ rather than an ‘abstraction’. The challenge is to get them to accept that.”