A nice idea, for a wet country — get the watermills working again

“over the next ten years, thousands of homes and communities will be encouraged to restore dilapidated water wheels and mills — or build small-scale hydro-electric power plants as part of a drive for green energy. According to Climate Change Minister Greg Barker, our rivers and streams are ‘a great untapped source of power’ and could generate as much electricity as a nuclear power station.”

A possible opportunities for new bridges across the top of the watermill / sluices, and new cycle-ways/footpaths leading to the bridges?