Several members of the public who went to the FC/LUC Exhibition at Hyde on 6 October 2015 raised concerns that the [Latchmore] Brook may return to its current course even if works do take place, given the unpredictability of the watercourse. The response from FC/LUC was: “There is no evidence from the modelling work undertaken as part of the EIA to suggest that this will occur.”
In May 2015 the Forestry Commission brought heavy machinery into the bluebell wood in Broomy Inclosure to carry out a stream “restoration”. All through the bird-nesting season they excavated, and filled in the stream bed with gravel rejects and clay, and inserted bales of heather retained with stakes (see post dated 24 June 2015 and Presentments to the Verderers’ Court on 15 July and 16 September 2015) … job done, stream “restored” …
six months later, the runoff from Amberslade Bottom, which feeds the stream in the Inclosure, is trying to get back to the stream’s original course through the woods (on the left; the Forestry Commission’s “restored” stream is on the right).
Modelling work flawed?