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The Audlem Vale Hydroelectric scheme

1st April 2007 @ 7:07am – by Audlem Webteam
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Following the successful evaluation of the use of the canal water power to generate electricity, plans have been approved to close the tunnel under the canal bank and thus create an artificial lake some 500 yards long, back almost to the Old Grammar School and nearly 300 yards wide. This lake will drive turbines to produce enough electricity to power the whole of Audlem and leave over a significant surplus for sale into the National Grid.

The properties at the lower end of Windmill Drive will become highly desirable Lakeside residences. Crewe & Nantwich Borough Council have, however, already stated that residents building jetties or any other permanent moorings will need full planning permission.

The canal embankment will be reconstructed, on a design similar to the USA's Hoover Dam across the Colorado River. Audlem's barrier will be known as the Dyson Dam.

It is hoped to complete the project in time for the 2012 Olympics, so as to be able to host some of the rowing events.

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