We have been working closely with Doncaster Council since the Spring of 2023 to find a solution to the failing sluice gate which was no longer working efficiently. Having finally found a design solution, work began in November but halted due to adverse weather and high water levels. Works finally commenced again on 26th January when the actuator control was attached. The CCTV and communications will be connected on Monday 29th January.
Clean-up of the site is currently underway and the Doncaster Council Streetscene department have been asked to make good the grass verge. This will require a site visit but should be reinstated at their earliest convenience., any sandbags in the watercourse that cannot currently be seen becasue of water levels will also be removed when conditions / visibility improve.
We have been advised that the footpaths will be re-opened and a temporary fencing panel will be secured at the meter box opening until the new fence panel has been erected. The photo opposite was taken as the installation was being installed.
The new installation is just one of the flood prevention measures being put in place including some measures to reduce waterflowflow further up and downstream and the Flood Defence Wall (FDW) built several years ago.
The purpose of the FDW is not solely to protect the houses below the Mill Dam, which it does sucessfully does, but to encourage water exiting the Dam (once it has passed through the weir) to pass into the Mill Field which acts as a temporary storage until the water can pass safely down Water (Sheep Dip) Lane on it's way to join the Torne Catchment.
Works are ongoing further upstream to put in solutions to divert some of the water away from Tickhill, although this is a longer process as we have been advised by Doncaster Council that they need agreement from land owners.
We will post a further update once the final details have been confirmed and testing is complete.
We would like to thank members of the community and those living in the vicinity of the Mill Dam for their support and patience during the works, and hope the area will be cleaned up and looking at it's best again shortly.