Blockage at Bishopstoke Mill cleared

clearing Bishopstoke mill

Gates on the river Itchen at Bishopstoke Mill had to be closed last week to allow workers to clear it of obstructions after water levels began to rise.

The culvert had become blocked with debris and local County Councillor Andy Moore told Eastleigh News that he contacted the Environment Agency because he was concerned that nearby roads might be flooded.

The Ukip councillor described the river at Shears Mill as:

“A vortex with water levels four or five feet higher then usual. The only way to clear the blockage was to shut the locks.”

The environment agency told Eastleigh News that although Shears Mill belongs to Bishopstoke Parish Council and is not an EA structure, they sent a team out to assist.

A spokesperson for the agency said:

“The culvert under the mill was so severely blocked that little water was getting through, although there was no imminent risk of flooding to nearby properties.

“We returned to site on Wednesday, and over the day were able to lower water levels upstream and successfully clear some of the fallen trees and debris that were blocking the culvert.”

Cllr Moore said that he thought the incident was a ‘prime example of neglect’ and that flooding problems were being exacerbated as a result of years of government cuts.

“Long term we need investment, the whole river system needs looking at and dredging otherwise we could get into a situation like in other parts of the country.”

The Environment Agency told Eastleigh News more work will be carried out at the mill this week.

“It is a very restricted, confined space under the mill with a lot of compacted debris, so it will take some planning to get the work completed safely.”


Pic: Coutesy Environment Agency

  5 comments for “Blockage at Bishopstoke Mill cleared

  1. Chris McKeone
    October 28, 2014 at 11:30 am

    Don’t believe Bishopstoke Parish Council ‘owns’ Shears Mill. The Mill itself no longer exists of course – what is there is the machinery – now housed and displayed in a building which was largely funded by the Parish Council. The waterway itself is the responsibility of the Environment Agency. The appalling weather earlier in the year must have hugely increased the amount of debris in the waterway. The suggestion of neglect is unfair.

    • mm
      Eastleigh Xpress
      October 28, 2014 at 8:02 pm

      EA spokesperson certainly thinks it belongs to Parish Council. Cllr Moore suggested that government cuts to agencies like EA had resulted in neglect.

      • Sue Toher
        October 29, 2014 at 4:52 pm

        Might be worth checking things with the Parish Council

  2. October 30, 2014 at 8:12 pm

    When I worked for EBC-we cut out the weeds every year. It made it easier for the salmon to swim up the river. I also put on a wet suit and checked underneath the road, to ensure it was free from debris

    Once again!!!!!! lack of maintenance.!!!!!! will they ever learn????

    • rigel
      November 1, 2014 at 9:35 am

      hey sam et al,
      that video makes a hopelessly weak case against development
      it doesn’t mention any of the important facts.

      EBC and Highwood love it , its a coup for them to show opposition as 5 people and 2 dogs , we know it’s nice when its sunny Sam.

      Eastleigh news is a gatekeeper for the libdem administration

      the fact that EBC is selling a cricket pitch , opposite the cricketers pub, whilst building a hotel at the ageas bowl is the story.

      Elections are won by the lib dems on a campaign of public amenities , these can only be provided with developer money

      EBC and HCC get cash from the land sale ,S106, Comunity Infrastructure Levy, New Homes Bonus, and an increased tax base

      residents just get debt and a net loss infrastructure.

      print the story Eastleigh Express – no one can comment on the video !

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