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Mickla Bridge restored

 

Historic Mickla Bridge which was damaged by flooding, has been restored.     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gloucestershire County Council's archaeology service has repaired Mickla Bridge, which runs over the Cone Brook between Alvington and Woolaston.

Heavy rains in 2009 damaged its supporting plinth and abutments, making it unsafe to use.

This ancient structure is one of few known clapper footbridges locally and was once used by packhorses.

The repairs, which cost £17,000, took six weeks to carry out.

Some £12,000 came in a grant from Gloucestershire Environmental Trust and the rest from English Heritage.

The bridge, which is Grade II listed, is a double clapper, constructed out of very large slabs of stone resting on a central pillar.

 

With Acknowledgements to GCC and to BBC (Gloucestershire)

November 2011

 

Who is the Village Agent?

             My name’s Richard Skinner, and I’m the Village Agent for
             Woolaston, as well as for St Briavels, Hewelsfield &
             Brockweir and Tidenham parishes.

I am employed by Gloucestershire Rural Community Council to work within the community with anyone aged over 50, and the disabled, and their carers. We are in Gloucestershire villages to help promote independent living, and make access to a range of information and services easier. This includes things such as security, social care, benefits and learning, but we are willing to try and help with any sort of query. We do not ourselves do benefit advice, that needs to be picked up by a specialist agency, but we can refer to the appropriate ones.

My help is free to whoever needs it, and my aim is to help whoever wants it. If I can help you or somebody that  you know you can telephone me on 07810 630190 or email me at:

RichardS@grcc.org.uk

If you would like to find out more telephone the GRC office on
01452 528491 or check out the village agent website at :


Richard Skinner, Village Agent

VILLAGE AGENTS & MACMILLAN / 3 COUNTIES CANCER NETWORK

Over the past 2 years Gloucestershire’s village agents have been working with Macmillan Cancer Support and the 3 Counties Cancer Network to support adults recovering from cancer and their relatives and carers.  This project has just been extended for another 18 months.
All village agents connect with the project, and a number are now specialising in the work, in addition to their general village agent role. Any enquirer can be put in touch with an appropriate specialising village agent.

Help can be provided re: EMPLOYMENT, FINANCE (pensions/benefits/grants), SOCIAL CARE, HEALTH & WELLBEING, COMPLEMENTARY THERAPIES, TRANSPORT, CHILDCARE, DAILY LIVING SUPPORT, TRAVEL INSURANCE and OVERALL INFORMATION & SUPPORT.

Already village agents have helped with an extremely varied range of problems.
Anyone wanting to know more about the project can contact:

KATE DARCH, Village & Community Agent Manager  [01452 528491  kated@grcc.org.uk  ]
Or contact your local village agent:  RICHARD SKINNER  [07810 630190   richards@grcc.org.uk  ]
Housing Needs Survey
 In June 2009 the Parish Council commissioned a survey to determine the affordable housing needs of people who live in or have close ties to Woolaston.  The results of the survey can be found HERE.  (Opens in a new window)
Housing Needs Survey
In June 2009 the Parish Council commissioned a survey to determine the affordable housing needs of people who live in or have close ties to Woolaston.  The results of the survey can be found HERE.  (Opens in a new window)
Ofsted School Inspection reports
The Ofsted reports for Woolaston Under 5s can be found HERE and for Woolaston Primary School HERE ( these links open in new windows)  
Woolaston Parish Council is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites
Ofsted School Inspection reports
The Ofsted reports for Woolaston Under 5s can be found HERE and for Woolaston Primary School HERE ( these links open in new windows)  
Woolaston Parish Council is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites
Mickla Bridge can be accessed from Station Road in Woolaston along
footpaths FWO/116 & 115 or from Church Lane in
Alvington following footpath FAL/18

After restoration, time will mellow the “new” look

A sorry state before restoration

Church Services

 

Woolaston Church of St. Andrew - link.

 

 

Woolaston Methodist Church

 

The services at the Methodist Chapel are on Sunday mornings at 10.30am

 

Woolaston Community Church - link.

 

New Saltmarsh for Woolaston

Saltmarsh is the upper stretch of coastal land between dry land and open sea water that is regularly flooded by the tides. This land plays a vital part in the coastal ecosystem, as it provides habitat for many different types of wildlife and plants. 

 

Brian Smith from the Environment Agency said: "Between now and 2030 we're at risk of losing 300 hectares of saltmarsh along the Severn Estuary.  There's no point creating a wetland which is isn't particularly unique to the Severn Estuary - we need to be certain to get the right land in the right location to create those particular habitats.  It's not just about getting the floodwater on to the site, it's about getting it off again in the time cycle so that the unique grasses and plants that rely on that kind of environment have the opportunity to develop"

The work that the Environment Agency are carrying out involves removing sections of an earth embankment which has been in place since the 19th century to defend agricultural land from flooding. Four sections of embankment have been removed, which will allow the higher tides to spill into the farm land and then drain off after each tide.

These adjustments will create a new area of saltmarsh, and will increase the potential for plants, and breeding birds like wildfowl.  The land will be kept for grazing livestock in the summer months

In addition to the saltmarsh creation; an eel pass will be installed on tidal flaps in the Aylburton Pill outfall. The outfall connects the estuary to local brooks, and the tidal flaps are in place to help alleviate flooding. Once the work is complete, fish such as eels and elvers will be able to pass through freely to access their habitats further upstream.  An eel pass already exists where the Cone Brook passes through the flood defence.

The Environment Agency is working in partnership with local land owners and Natural England, to develop the first saltmarsh creation project in the upper Severn Estuary. The £1.2 million project will create 39 hectares (96 acres) of saltmarsh, on farmland in the parishes of Woolaston and Alvington on the west bank of the Severn Estuary.

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