Work is due to begin later this month to perform improvement works on the dam wall at Hartsholme Country Park to increase the potential outflow from the lake,
This will in turn reduce the risk of flooding in high rainfall events.
Due to commence late August the approximate ten-week programme of works will be conducted by Cheetham Hill Construction Ltd (CHC).
These flood alleviation works will include:
- Removal of ornate stonework, metal railings and gate at the inlet
- Removal of the existing concrete slab and steelwork supports that are the current deck to the culverts (which allow the water to run under Skellingthorpe Road)
- Repair and raising of brickwork walls currently below stonework
- New concrete deck to be cast and profiling of the footpath
- New rubbish/debris screen, stop logs and access ramps to be installed
- New metal railings that match existing to be installed, extending the wall protection by 20metres either side of the inlet
- Ornate stonework to be reinstalled
As part of the company’s social value contribution to the project, CHC will make a contribution of £15,000 to Lincoln Community Larder, which will provide 1,500 days of food to 2 adults (£30 2 adults, 3 days) or feed 8 adults for a year.
This is in addition to supporting charities local to their head office including The Salvation Army, Air Ambulance, local homeless charities, sports teams and schools.
Cllr Bob Bushell, Portfolio Holder for Remarkable Place at City of Lincoln Council said: “These vital works at Hartsholme will futureproof the park and help alleviate any flooding concerns.
“Please be assured, the park will remain open and accessible to all during the works, however please be aware that the area in which works are taking place will be closed to the public and this will include the footpath that runs parallel to Skellingthorpe Road.
"This is essential for the works to be carried out safely.”
Site signage will be in place throughout the works.
Paul Sumner, CHC Director added: “We are looking forward to carrying out this project in conjunction with the City of Lincoln Council, and in supporting the local economy through the social value contribution and the employment, where possible, of local labour and suppliers to undertake the works.
“We hope this will be a first step in a long and successful partnership with the city council and other stakeholders."