J3470 : The Stranmillis weir, Belfast (9)

taken 10 years ago, near to Stranmillis, Windsor, Beal Feirste, Ballynafeigh and Rosetta, Northern Ireland

The Stranmillis weir, Belfast (9)
The Stranmillis weir, Belfast (9)
10.30 - the Lagan, high and muddy with melting ice as it reaches the Stranmillis weir. Note the level in relation to the weir gates and the depth marker. J3470 : The Stranmillis weir, Belfast (10) shows the reduction in water level, 1¼ hours later, after most of the ice had melted.
Ice, River Lagan, Stranmillis, Belfast - 27 December 2010


Some photographs showing the ice along the River Lagan upstream of the weir. There was a considerable accumulation of ice after the heavy snow on 16/17 December 2010 and the long period of temperatures always below freezing - sometimes as low as -18C. The thaw started on 26 December. At 10.30 on 27 December the Lagan had sheets of ice, sounding like breaking glass as they collided in the fast-flowing river. By 11.45 most had melted in the warmer waters though a few impressive sheets remained along the towpath between the Lockview Road and the entrance to the Lagan Meadows.

The Stranmillis weir, Belfast

Stranmillis Weir, close to the Lockview Road, is currently the limit of navigation on the Lagan. There was a plan to replace it and re-open the Lagan Navigation to Lisburn A further plan envisages a new cut from Lisburn to Lough Neagh.

There is the following planning permission (25 September 2017 – application on 15 December 2015) “LA04/2016/0041/F Lagan gateway project includes: the provision of a new boat lock at Stranmillis to allow the passage of boats past the weir, new footbridge and path linking Annadale embankment with Stranmillis and paths to Belvoir Park. Works involve working in the river Lagan near an existing weir and fish pass and constructing a footbridge near a scheduled monument area (historical lock) (Environmental Statement received) Site located at the weir at Stranmillis near Belfast Boat Club BT9 5FJ”.
This approval does not envisage the removal of the existing weir.

New lock and footbridge, River Lagan, Stranmillis, Belfast

There is a proposal to re-open part of the former Lagan navigation (the River Lagan and the long-closed Lagan canal) by building a new lock at Stranmillis, just upstream from the existing weir. The scheme also includes a new footbridge across the Lagan and extensive improvements to the surrounding area.
The following planning permission (25 September 2017) applies “LA04/2016/0041/F Lagan gateway project includes: the provision of a new boat lock at Stranmillis to allow the passage of boats past the weir, new footbridge and path linking Annadale embankment with Stranmillis and paths to Belvoir Park. Works involve working in the river Lagan near scheduled monument area (historical lock) (Environmental Statement received) Site located at the weir at Stranmillis near Belfast Boat Club BT9 5FJ”.
The photographs submitted by me appear as a matter of record only. I have no connection with any campaign or official body. I cannot enter into correspondence.
Two links - the Lagan Navigation Trust LinkExternal link and the Inland Waterways Association of Ireland (IWAI) LinkExternal link.
The history of the canal may be found in “The Canals of the North of Ireland” by WA McCutchen, David & Charles (1965).
Description updated 10 February 2018. The following is an extract from Notice to River Users no 04/18 “Notice is hereby given that the first phase of the Stranmillis Gateway project will commence in the river on 30th January 2018 . . . . The Stranmillis Gateway project involves refurbishment of Stranmillis Weir, construction of a new boat lock to the RHs of the weir, construction of a path linking Annadale embankment with Stranmillis and construction of a pedestrian footbridge upstream of the weir. The first phase of the project will involve carrying out underwater repairs to the base of the weir and refurbishing the weir gates and control systems. The contractors work method will involve building a stone causeway into the river parallel to the base of the weir. To enable the contractor to carry out the work efficiently it will be necessary to lower the river below the normal minimum impoundment level on occasions. Normal water based activities such as rowing will not be possible when water levels are reduced, however every effort will be made to keep lowerings to a minimum and where possible overnight. River users are advised that as each one of the pen weir gates is refurbished it will become inoperable for a period and there will be a potential for increased velocity and different flow patterns through the other gates. Construction of the stone causeway will commence on 30th January and river users are advised to keep well clear of the contractors work area and heed any information signage. When river lowerings become necessary river notices will be issued in advance.”

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Weir   (more nearby)
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Irish: geotagged! J 341 709 [100m precision]
WGS84: 54:34.1275N 5:55.6407W
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