Jan 19 th Organised by Weybridge Rowing Club, this is a timed race from the top of Desborough Island to Walton for up to 200 crews in two divisions: 1030 and 1300. Watch from the towpath and enjoy refreshments at the club’s gazebo at Cowey Sale.
P photo thanks to Cllr Christine Elmer
A new group has formed in Weybridge to highlight the risks to Weybridge by the Environment Agency plans for the Thames and Wey.
To help remove the flooding risks between Windsor and Weybridge a series of new works have been undertaken and more are planned. Eventually they will enter the Thames as shown below.
Judging from the flows of the current river it will mean that there will be new pressure building up at the upper Desborough Bridge which is only 24m wide. This pinch-point will cause the Thames to back-up and flood its banks (as happened in the recent flood). What makes matters worse is that the new cut from Chertsey will be up to 60m wide bringing even greater pressure on the Thames around its confluence with the Wey.
One option is to effectively continue the new cut through the north west corner of Desborough Island. This would keep the flood flowing within the main channel of the Thames.
One of the advantages of this plan would be that a new pedestrian/cycling bridge could be constructed like those that Sustrans build across the country.
For background information please click here.
Subject to consultation, the Weybridge Local Spending Board for CIL has allocated £3,750 in matched funding to Weyfarers Rowing Club based at the confluence of the Wey and the Thames, hard by Thames Lock.
The award, subject to consultation, would be the first grant offer in Weybridge under CIL arrangements.
If you would like to join the club to make the most of the new facilities do so – places are already filling up fast.
If you or your group have suggestions for improving Weybridge infrastructure then go here for an application form or you can contact me.