Langport’s Back Water Clean-up

South Somerset District Council’s Streetscene team took to the waters last week to help clean up the historic stretch of water adjoining Cocklemoor, in the centre of Langport, known as the Back Water.

Street Scene in Langports Back Water - March 2016

Abandoning their usual street cleaning apparatus, the Streetscene team launched a small flat-bottomed boat from which to access much of the problem area along the town bank.  The team took just two days to fell many overhanging branches and clear away much of the scrub encroaching over the water.

The initiative was facilitated by the district councillor for Langport and Huish – Clare Aparicio – who saw the benefit for the town in having this done.  Councillor Aparicio said:  “This historic bit of water has, in recent years, suffered from overgrown trees, bushes and brambles, especially along its north bank.  Already many Langport residents have commented on how much better the area looks and are grateful to the District Council for its support in ensuring that this historic town maintains its attraction.”

Photo: Shows Streetscene team at work on the Back Water. Credit: C. Smith