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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 184 - Wednesday, 6th February 2008
by Tina Jones
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the tunnel under Ross begins
53-tonne tunnel boring machine has been safely lowered into
place ready to start burrowing out a 400 metre long tunnel
as part of the £7.1million Ross Flood Alleviation Scheme.
Tunnel engineers Morgan Est, led by project manager Ken
Henderson, carefully steered the machine as it was lowered
into place over the underground shaft by a 50 tonne crane
that the machine is underground, another nine gantries will
need to be lowered into the shaft and this will be done
as work on the tunnel progresses. The gantries will be attached
to the tunnelling machine, creating a kind of underground
'train', which will have a conveyer belt to remove the earth
which is being tunnelled out. The earth will then be used
to build a bund on the A40.
Henderson said, 'This is probably one of the smallest tunnel
boring machines that are used and it will only be able to
progress at 10m to 12m a day because the mixture of sandstone
and mudstone in this area is very hard to break through.
The tunnel will have three curves in it which is why we
need to use this machine. We will be lining with segments
of concrete as we go along and hope to have completed the
tunnel by the end of May'.
Councillor Brian Wilcox said, 'The tunnel is one of the
most exciting engineering aspects of this project and it
is amazing to think this machine will be tunnelling underground
for four months before resurfacing again. 'Work is going
well on the scheme and we are on target to finish by July
Ross Flood Alleviation Scheme, funded by DEFRA, came out
of discussions in December 2000 when the town centre was
hit by serious flooding and has been developed in close
consultation with local businesses and interests. It has
been designed to national standards and will protect areas
around Greytree Road, Brook End Street, Millpond Street
and the Broadmeadows Industrial Estate from flooding from
the Rudhall and Chatterley Brooks. (Although, it will not
stop Brookend Street flash flooding during heavy rain. This
problem is being dealt with under a separate scheme.)
News went along to watch the boring machine being lowered
into position on Thursday. Far from being boring, we actually
found it quite interesting and coverage can be seen in this
Video coverage of the 2000 flood can
be seen here.
Lions Club Launch New Web Site
Ross Lions Club is making every effort to change itself
and move into the 21st century. They have just launched
a new website to keep residents of Ross informed on how
they spend the money raised on good local causes, details
of future fund raising activities plus details of how to
join for those interested in becoming a Lion. Lions IT Officer,
Lion Nick Dale, said the new site is a vast improvement
on the previous one and it can be updated online by members
with a secure login area.
Lions are very grateful for the support of Geoff Jones of
Logiplex for donating the programme. The site can be viewed
Tuesday, 26th February the Club is holding a social evening
at the Conservative Club in Ross, starting at 7.00pm for
7.30pm. Please note the Lions are a non political organization
and use the Conservative Club for its convenience and availability.
Lions' Club needs new members to bring fresh ideas and greater
energy into helping the needy, the elderly and young. Why
not come along with your partner or friend and enjoy yourselves
whilst finding more out about what the Lions do. You can
take participate in a game of skittles or just have a drink
and something to eat. The food will be provided free.
further information contact Lions' Public Relations Officer,
Bernard Fowkes on 01989 563337.
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for the return of stolen dog
Patterdale/Jack Russell pictured below was seen to be stolen
from Bailey Enclosure (on the main road between Ross-on-Wye
and Drybrook) on Friday, 18th January.
dog was seen by its owner being taken by the occupant of
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