Upper River Wye (Source to High Wycombe) Projects
River Wye Cores End © A. Beechey
A number of weirs still exist on the River Wye that impede the free passage of fish along the course of the river to a greater or lesser extent. The ultimate objective is that they all will be removed or modified such that fish have uninhibited movement the length of the water course.
- Remaking the Wye in the centre of High Wycombe by bringing it out of the culvert as an attractive semi natural river channel running over approximately 350m from Westbourne Street to the Abbey Way-fly-over. The project will be enabled as part of the ongoing High Wycombe Town Centre Master Plan which will realign Oxford Road to make space for the river. The cost of the project is in the region of £2 million and it will be likely to commence in 2019. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to deliver an exemplar project of international interest if funding commitment can be secured from a range of partners.
- Oakridge Road. Removal or lowering of the weir could be investigated otherwise installation of a pre-barrage downstream in combination with some baulks on the spillway could be an option to ease fish passage.
- Gauging Station, Pilot Industrial Estate. Establish with the EA whether the structure is still needed and whether it can be modified to ease passage for fish.
Many sections of the Wye are devoid of marginal vegetation largely due to hard engineered banks. The introduction of “soft” techniques such as planting up coir logs can assist in the reestablishment of marginal plants.