I made enquiries about the above on behalf of a local resident. I received the update below:

“Dear Cllr Anderson  

Thank you for your email re the proposed works to Pool Bank Culvert. 

As you will hopefully recall, we postponed the works after failing to reach agreement with the adjacent landowner over the easement of land required to replace the existing culvert with a new reinforced concrete culvert.

We are now proposing to “overslab” the existing culvert with a new reinforced concrete slab on piles as foundations. The new structure will carry the traffic loading, the existing culvert will be unaffected by the works, and no land will be required for the scheme outside the boundaries of the highway. 

We anticipate the works will last 13 weeks, and require temporary traffic lights with a single traffic lane for the duration of the works. In addition, it is probable that two Sunday closures will be required to lift precast slabs into place. We are currently discussing in more detail with our Network Management Team the traffic management proposals, including the implementation of one way traffic on adjacent roads (as we discussed when we met in August) for health and safety reasons, and to prevent “rat running”. 

We are currently progressing the scheme and should be in a position to consult more fully on the proposals with yourself and other ward members in early April (and subsequently the local residents, businesses and travelling public. 

Currently we intend the works to the culvert to commence mid-summer this year (the exact date will be confirmed when a Contractor has been appointed). We will ensure that we advertise the proposed date both at the culvert location and in the local press as soon as it has been confirmed. 

I hope the above is helpful, but if you require any more information, please don’t hesitate to contact me.”