Pump pontoon gone. Eastern North Embankment gone. Main reed bed soil piles gone. Loony Liz still PM. Part 3. 9th October 2022
Inert are completing in a day what previously would seem take them weeks. Also, whilst there is a slight degree of flitting around the site, this time they are more or less starting at one end and working their way to the other.
However, they still get up to actions that both leave me puzzled and are difficult to identify precisely what they were up to. Remember, I am like a forensic scientist. As I only visit the site once or twice a week, I have to figure out what Inert have done given any evidence they leave. Often they leave no evidence, and I assume they have done less than they actually did.
What Inert are up to around the area around the former pump station and mound is puzzling. I reckon, they have to dig out a huge amount of stuff they spent trucking into the site. This assumes the plans I have are co Only rrect. Who knows how much they have changed.
Thus, Inert have done a lot of bulldozing and digging around the former pump station and mound. Piles of soil have appeared; I don't know if shipped in or simply dug out of the area. I suspect the latter, and can only assume that the stuff remains on Manor farm as the heavy earth movers have been preoccupied with flattening the north embankment and removal of the former land bridge.
Regardless of what is happening, I can say that Inert have, in typical fashion, made an almighty mess of the area. Piles of spoil everywhere, odd channels dug, chunks of land bulldozed. We shall have to see what happens over the next few weeks to be enlightened.
Inert have removed the pontoon that used to support the inlet pipe to the pump. Sad to see it go as it has been like an old friend. They have also plumbed the new yellow pump into the channel that connects the west area of the site to the current Manor lake. Only problem is, there is a ridge of soil across the channel, forming a barrier preventing water reaching the pump from Manor lake!
Finally, as I hoofed it back along the south (aka Blackwater) footpath, I noticed that a couple of trees had been planted on a couple of mounds in Finch pond south. I do not know if this is intended or if some kindly Inert personnel had rescued these trees from the embankments.
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