“Vital” Crayford creek clean-up means more boats could come to area

PUBLISHED: 11:16 29 February 2016 | UPDATED: 11:16 29 February 2016

The cleared route

The cleared route


Network Rail helped to clean up the area

Trees blocking navigationTrees blocking navigation

A clean-up of Crayford creek could see more boats return to the area, claims a local restoration trust.

The route has been blocked due to overhanging trees, but Network Rail recently cleared the area after they were contacted by Dartford and Crayford Creek Restoration Trust.

Conrad Broadley, chairman of the trust, said: “Network Rail was in the area cleaning up a viaduct, so we got in touch to see if they could help.

“It was literally like a mangrove forest of branches blocking the river, but their tree surgeons were fantastic.

“The work is vital, now boats can get up the river, we have quite a few planned visits later this year.

“We would like to publicly thank Network rail, they are now allowing the boats to keep running, we cannot express our gratitude enough for them removing the huge trees and branches that were blocking the way.”

Following the works, the trust is looking to continue its work to bring more boats to the area.

Mr Broadley explained: “It’s about bringing people to the creeks, it’s like the two borough’s (Dartford and Bexley) have forgotten they’ve got a river.

“The river could have the facilities to have boats, sailing and scouts using the river for nautical activities.

“We will need to remove some of the big rocks in the river which can cause blockages, but now it’s about raising awareness so all of the locals realise they’ve got this and they want to use it.”

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