Cocker Beck works continue
It may not be reversing the flow of the Danube, or was it the Volga, (one of the madder schemes suggested in the days of the old soviet union) but for Cockerton it will at last see a fresher cleaner beck flowing past their doorsteps.
People living close to urban water courses often feel that such natural features are at best, missed opportunities and at worst, blots on their lives, somewhere where their dogs get smelly or that their neighbours throw their old bikes. Cockerbeck has had all of these feelings expressed about it from time to time which is a real shame as it winds itself down through a very lovely piece of Darlington’s semi natural urban fringe landscape.
The work to put this right, the Cockerbeck project has been long in the making due to the care that has been taken to ensure that any perception the community may have, that the process of introducing a small amount of water back into the upper Cockerbeck channel, will have a detrimental effect on housing down -stream. It will in fact, see 0.03 litres / second or 10 bath taps worth of water rerouted from the Baydale beck which currently takes all the water straight to the river Tees, back into the Cockerbeck through which it once flowed in its entirety.
Concerns people may have about the effects of this have we feel been successfully alleviated following a very detailed modelling study and through working in close partnership with the Environment Agency. The Trust alongside the Friends of Cockerbeck and through talking to local councillors are now conducting a door knocking exercise in the houses closest to the beck in order to gauge how the community feels and glean greater levels of support.
The actual physical works are scheduled to take place in a few weeks’ time once permission has been granted by the Environment Agency.