Restored sluice gate mechanism unveiled in Wisbech

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The newly restored sluice gate winding mechanism close to Freedom Bridge was unveiled by Wisbech Society and Cambridge County Council last week.

The mechanism was originally installed as a manual actuator for a penstock that controlled the sluice gate where the Wisbech and Outwell Canal joined the river Nene.

Previously mounted behind the flood defence wall, the mechanism was difficult to see.

During work on the town’s new flood defences the winding mechanism and adjacent vent pipe had to be temporarily removed, together with a Wisbech Society blue plaque describing it.

As part of the £700,000 Phase four of the flood defence upgrades, the county council’s contractors, Skanska, and sub-contractors, Breheny, restored the winding mechanism, remounted the plaque and landscaped the surrounding area. The work included planting several trees, placing new mooring bollards, mounting numerous planters along the new wall, and grassing and paving the area in front of the wall.