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News Archive 2006 - 2007

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November 2007
Engineers Afloat

River sampling in York StreamEngineers were at York Stream in November 2007, as part of feasibility work in readiness for the restoration of the waterways. A professional team from Costain's Geotechnical unit, worked from a raft in the stream to remove samples from the bed for laboratory analysis.

 Volunteers have also commenced monitoring ground water and stream levels at eleven newly installed boreholes along the route using a measuring reel and sensor we have bought. The data collected will be shared with the Environment Agency.

November 2007
Let a 1000, No! 2000 Flowers Bloom

Bulb planting 2007 We were delighted with the turnout of over 40 volunteers for our first Bulb Planting event in November 2007, despite the showery weather. Volunteers included many members from our own group, Furze Platt Scouts, Rotaract and the Chamber of Commerce plus councillors David Burbage (leader) and Derek Wilson. Against the odds we managed to plant over 2,000 bulbs - twice as many as expected - by the Library on the banks above the picnic area.

July 2007
Water, Water Everywhere - Flooded Town Moor

Floods on Town Moor 2007The exceptional rainfall in July 2007 caused serious flash flooding in many parts of the country, as drains and flood defences failed to cope with up to 3 months of rainfall in a single day!

In Maidenhead we saw water levels in parts of the York Stream increase by a metre or more in a few hours.

June 2007
Members BBQ at the Lakeside

2007 MW Members BBQ Around 30 members and friends attended a social and fund raising barbeque in June 2007 at Maidenhead Sailing Club.

The clouds cleared as dusk fell and an excellent supper was complemented by a perfect sunset over the lake. Our thanks are due to the Sailing Club for the use of the venue and to John Morgan and Colin Simmons for organising the food.

April 2007
Theresa May Tours the Waterways

Teresa May visits Maidenhead Waterways Local MP (now Home Secretary) Theresa May spent an hour in April 2007 walking the waterways route with MWRG officials.

She was updated on our plans for the restoration work, progress to date and how the group has developed and grown since its formation a year ago.

Mrs May is very supportive of the project aims and the benefits it would bring to Maidenhead, as a key part of the emerging Town Centre-Towards 2026 plan (now the AAP).

February 2007
Shadow Environment Minister Visits Waterways

Peter Ainsworth visits Maidenhead Waterways We were pleased to host a visit in February 2007 by the then Shadow Minister for the Environment, Peter Ainsworth MP, who had been invited to visit by the local Conservative Group.

The Shadow Minister spent nearly an hour walking the route and being briefed about our restoration plans. Mr Ainsworth was very supportive and said of the project, "The York Stream and the Moor Cut/Flood Relief Channel are hugely wasted assets, right in the heart of town that badly need the sort of improvements planned."

October 2006
Lights, camera, Action!

The BEVCCThe Bourne End Video Camera Club in action taking a video camera to Maidenhead's going's on down by the stream.

Members of Bourne End Video Camera Club and Maidenhead Camera Club have joined forces to create a photographic record of the waterways as they are today and during the restoration works. In October 2006 they completed the first stages of the planned filming, which included the main town centre areas and notable bridges that cross our neglected waterways.

Summer 2006
York Stream Clear Up

Volunteers clear York Stream A huge Thank you! To everyone who joined us in 2006 for our first session clearing the river bed and removing litter along the banks of York Stream.

Our thanks especially to Furze Platt Scout Group, Rotary, Rotaract and the Civic Society who all provided help, also the Council for their loan of equipment.

Fifty volunteers turned out on the day and cleared litter from the banks, cut back the overgrown lower stream and removed various "foreign" objects from the stream bed such as, traffic cones, shopping trolleys, a door, a barrel, dead logs, branches, a swivel chair, scaffold poles, concrete & wooden posts, pallets etc.