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New walls for Warm Brook get river back on course

Work to repair the Brook sides and improve the footpath at Warm Brook in Chapel-en-le-Frith has got the water back on course following an £80,000 restoration project funded by High Peak Borough Council.

The Council invested in the scheme to repair the bank sides, which were being eroded by the water at several locations along the course of the Brook, and to improve the footpath, fencing and drainage at the site.

Councillor Tony  Ashton, Leader of the Council,  said: "The Brook was eroding the left hand bank in several locations increasing the risk of ground slippage and posing a safety risk so these works were essential to shore up the bank and ensure the area could remain open to the public.

"At the same time, we have taken the opportunity to further improve facilities by resurfacing the path and installing new fencing. I'm pleased that this investment by the Council means that people can continue to enjoy visiting Warm Brook with confidence for generations to come."

New walls have been created using pre-seeded bags filled with sand and soil to create grassed banks along the Brook side.

Chapel West ward Councillor, Kath Sizeland, has worked on behalf of local residents to see the improvements carried out after they contacted her about the condition of the Brook.

Having taken a keen interest in the project whilst work was underway, she recently took a walk along the Brook to see what a difference the scheme has made.

She added: "People came to me with their concerns a while ago so I was particularly pleased that the Council was able to support these works and prevent further erosion.

"It's a well used local amenity and I know local residents will appreciate the work that has been done."