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Work begins to clear debris from Durham’s main weir

Work is underway to remove debris from the main weir in Durham City.

Having received a licence from Natural England to carry out the works, Durham County Council has begun clearing Framwellgate Weir of trees and shrubs.

Natural England’s approval was required to ensure the protection of the natural habitat of

an otter using the weir.

After constructing an alternative resting place for the otter, a specialist team has started to

clear the weir, which was heavily affected by fallen trees and branches following previous


Although this week’s recent rainfall and increased water levels have made conditions more

challenging, the team has successfully begun the clean-up operation and will continue

working to clear the weir.

The council has committed to undertaking regular inspections following any future flooding

and arranging further clean-up operations to minimise the collection of debris. This will be

complemented by regular litter picks along the riverbanks to ensure the city’s natural

habitat remains clean.

Cllr John Shuttleworth, Cabinet member for highways, rural communities and community

safety, said: “Durham is a beautiful city and we are committed to making visits here

memorable for the right reasons. We understand that these fallen trees and shrubs have

impacted on the river’s appearance, and we can reassure residents and visitors that we

will continue to undertake regular inspections to manage this.

“Looking after our city and its natural habitat is of utmost importance to us. We want

everyone who lives, works in and visits Durham to be able to enjoy every aspect of their

time here. This work is one of many projects taking place across the city to enhance that


Earlier this year the council announced a £1.4 million investment for the repair and

maintenance of footpaths and road surfaces in Durham City.

A stretch of footpath has been refurbished and the carriageway resurfaced at Claypath. A

specialist contractor has also carried out work at Durham Market Place, Magdalene Steps

and Old Elvet Bridge to clean the city’s public spaces. Footpath repair works have also

been carried out in the Market Place.


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