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DOVENBY BECK Drainage obstructions from Dovenby village to the packhorse bridge

Dovenby Beck flows under the road between the row of Dovenby Cottages and The White House and enters the field as it flows south then enters Dovenby Hall Estate woodland.  There is a stock fence and hinged barrier which Msport kindly improved this year, but as the photo shows, the leaf debris blocked the netting and the hinged gate did not allow enough water to escape and it acted like a dam and the water backed up to the road and houses.

Dovenby Beck enters the dense woodland of Dovenby Hall Estate and in flood conditions the flow is restricted by the saplings and undergrowth where the beck is shallow and overflows to the surrounding vegitation.

Please note that there is no pond in the woods, they were always woods and were felled and replanted in 2001/2.  On the Msport 2/2014/0350 development that was approved by Allerdale Borough Council an “existing pond” and “outflow” is shown but this is clearly a falsehood, there is no existing pond nor outflow at the point shown.  Dovenby Beck flows out of Dovenby Hall Estate at the point shown below.

Above and right: show the packhorse bridge with the tree obstructions, one of which is dead and will eventually fall into the opening and block the flow.  Debris is shown after the water receded but debris is normally there.

On top of the packhorse bridge is debris showing that the bridge opening was insufficient for the flow and the flow went over the bridge but debris caught on the fence and restricted the flow.

After Dovenby Beck leaves Dovenby Hall Estate woodland it bends to the packhorse bridge (it has no sides so that the packs on the horses would not catch the side walls).

The bridge has at its entrance a dead tree and a tree that catches debris and thus obstructs the flow.  The dead tree will soon fall into the Beck and block the bridge opening and the force of the water will back up and may damage or destroy the ancient bridge.

Above: Dovenby Beck leaves Dovenby Hall Estate woodland then bends to the packhorse bridge

Below: Dovenby Beck has bent round, now flows towards the packhorse bridge, behind the camera.

Below: the camera swivels round to show the same water flowing to the packhorse bridge and debris around it causing backup.

Is there scope for a culvert to the side of the packhorse bridge that would increase the flow capacity of Dovenby Beck at this constriction point?