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Diversions when works begin on Denver Sluice near Downham Market

PUBLISHED: 12:45 21 October 2017 | UPDATED: 13:38 21 October 2017

Ariel view of Denver Sluice. Picture: Submitted.

Ariel view of Denver Sluice. Picture: Submitted.

© Archant Norfolk 2015

Drivers will face diversions during modications to one of the most important sluices in the Fens.

Denver Sluice, seen from the tidal river. Picture: Matthew Usher Denver Sluice, seen from the tidal river. Picture: Matthew Usher

Environment Agency engineers want to remove the countweight from the Big Eye, at Denver Sluice, near Downham Market.

The gate - so-named because it was designed to open and close according to the tides - is not thought to have been repaired since it was built in around 1925.

In its planning application, the EA says: “The structure is not in use and the future deterioration of the counterweight structure may represent a risk to the public and integrity of the structure as a whole. Therefore, it has been proposed to remove the counterweight in the Big Eye structure.”

Sluice road will be closed between the Relief Channel and Jenyns Arms from November 14 - December 14. Drivers will face diversions via the A10 and Ten Mile Bank. The pub will be closed Monday - Thursday inclusive while work is in progress.

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