Sainsbury’s remediation contractor Careys has been helping out in the community after agreeing to remove spoil near to the local scout hut off Gibbins Road for the Lapal Canal Trust.
Birmingham City Council recently granted approval for the Lapal Canal Trust to carry out work to restore the former Harborne Wharf in Selly Oak Park. The eventual completion of the canal link from the park to the existing Worcester and Birmingham canal will allow the Harborne Wharf canal basin to be filled with water. The basin will be 120 meters long and 20 meters wide at its widest point and will also be used as a temporary mooring and turning point for canal boats. The 113th Ariel Scout Group, whose headquarters are located in Selly Oak Park next to the former canal, will help to build the slipway for safe access for canoes.
Careys team members used the canal tunnel under the road bridge to move 2000 cubic meters of rubble and soil, which had accumulated in the basin since the mid 1950’s when the canal was closed. Careys used an 8 ton excavator, which was small enough to traverse the tunnel, and two dumper trucks to complete the favour for the trust.
Trust Chairman Peter Best commented: “The Lapal Canal Trust is hugely grateful to Careys Directors and the Carey Foundation for agreeing to support the Trust as part of its initiative to support local communities, and in particular thanks to the team in Selly Oak, managers John and Clive, excavator driver Colin, and the truck drivers Sam, Robert and Paul, also the Careys support staff in Selly Oak.”