Pump pontoon gone. Eastern North Embankment gone. Main reed bed soil piles gone. Loony Liz still PM. Part 2. 9th October 2022
When I visited on Thursday, I thought Inert had not accomplished much. The main reason for this thought is that I am restricted to the south (aka Blackwater) footpath. Can't see much.
Well, the on site stomp on the weekends, when Inert are not around, showed that Inert had accomplished a great deal. I saw that a digger was operating on the north end of the former land bridge. There's only one left - the original one that ran through the site. Well, as Inert work their way across the site, they kind of clear up behind themselves, digging up the old trackways and land bridges, and using the spoil from them to build banking around the main reed bed.
Sunday's stomp revealed that Inert had dug up large portions of the northern end of the former land bridge, had tidied up the surrounding area, and spread a capping layer of topsoil gleaned from the eastern North Embankment. The whole area around the north end of the former land bridge and west side of the main reed bed banking is looking a lot trimmer and neater.
The same cannot be said for the area around the southwest corner of the main reed bed and they yellow vehicle bridge. This area, although drained of water, is looking very messy. Inert have continued to pile stuff (which they have dug out of the area) around the south shore alongside the south vehicle track.
The banking on the southern edge of the main reed bed has not been extended. I feel it has been tidied up a bit. The channel along this banking, has been cleaned up, and sports some really clean crisp edges. I didn't attempt to cross the channel, when I walked to the eastern end of the banking under construction. I know only too well that the bottom of the channel can have the consistency of quicksand. I'm not sinking up to my knees in mud again. I was forced to backtrack along the banking. Last week I was able to hop across the slimmer channel.
Now comes a curious bit of banking Inert are constructing. On Thursday, I surmised that this banking was part of the southern edge of the main reed bed; where it curves slightly northwestward. I'm not sure any more.
IF the plans I have are correct (which I doubt) then this banking is one that bisects the main reed bed. It is correct place, kind of. It heads off in the correct direction, kind of. Unfortunately, it is the wrong shape. It curves instead of being straight.
Well, all we can do is wait and see what Inert construct. We already know that what Inert are constructing bears a passing resemblance to the 'latest' plans on Wokingham council's planning website.
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