DAM: Pass work is best option

Your article on the campaign to save Humford Dam included comment from an Environment Agency representative, (News Post Leader, November 16).

Sunday, 26th November 2017, 5:52 am
Updated Tuesday, 12th December 2017, 1:53 am

He didn’t mention that he was party to an agreement with us on August 30 whereby the demolition of the dam was to be set aside in favour of pursuing a number of other options.

One such option, which appears to us to be the most sensible and cost-effective, is to improve the existing fish pass.

We would support this, but reference to this was avoided.

This is a fish pass where, even in its unimproved state, many people in recent weeks have experienced the joy of witnessing lots of fish successfully making their way upstream, as they have done for decades.

Had the Northumberland Rivers Trust, funded with public money by the Environment Agency, had its way, as evidenced by its own literature, Humford Dam would by now have been obliterated and the people of Bedlington and district wouldn’t have known anything about until the demolition machines arrived.

Keith Miller, Ann Pattison, William Marley, Tony Rugman-Jones