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Interested in seeing then Montgomery Canal thrive in the future?

08 Mar 2015 09:39 | Deleted user

John Dodwell, Chairman of the Montgomery Canal Partnership writes:



This is something different - not another speech!

I am also chair of the Montgomery Canal Partnership (local authorities, canal and environmental restoration groups). Our application for a near £4m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has been accepted in principle (i.e. got past stage 1) and Canal & River Trust (CRT) staff are now working up the detailed stage 2 bid. Total costs estimated at £6m.

Part of the HLF bid relates to showing the project has public support. Much of this is being done on-line via a survey but more public support would be most welcome.

Can you please complete the quick and easy survey on this link? -https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Montgomery_Canal_consultation

The physical works to the Canal will be supported by a four year programme of community engagement activities. The details of these activities are currently being drawn up, but initial ideas include boat trips, nature walks and talks, canoeing and angling taster days, education programmes with schools and other young people’s organisations, arts workshops, performances and festivals, and many more. You now have a chance to have a say on what you think could be included.

 The restoration works to be done will include:
  • Volunteer led re-lining of the dry canal bed to get to Crickheath Basin. This will then enable navigation from Maesbury to Crickheath (about 2km - 1.25 miles), building on restoration already done over part of the length by the Shropshire Union Canal Society.
  • The Canal is an important SSSI - housing important wild life and plants. Part of the works involve extending the existing nature reserves at Aston as a home for these. This will not only allow the section to Crickheath to be restored but will also allow other restoration
  • Dredging in parts of the Welsh section which is in water
  • Repairs to some of the bridges and locks in the Welsh section
So you can see the work isn't only in the Shropshire section and that the work will help later restoration phases, I hope you can support this and please circulate around.

NB Responses are needed by 27 March 2015

Best wishes

John




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