Nel­son’s basin set to re-open in full

GRAND UNION

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THE RE­MAIN­ING PART of the his­toric canal basin at Nel­son’s Wharf on the Grand Union is to re­open.

The first 50 me­tres of the arm at Stock­ton which once served Nel­son’s Ce­ment Works was re­opened when the wharf was re­in­stated for Wil­low Wren’s new train­ing cen­tre in 2014, but a fur­ther 200 me­tres has re­mained buried since the fac­tory was de­mol­ished in the mid-1960s. Wil­low Wren Train­ing has been granted plan­ning ap­proval to re­open this part af­ter stud­ies re­vealed an eco­log­i­cal net gain and no ground pol­lu­tants pre­vent­ing re­con­nec­tion.

Some 16,000 cu­bic me­tres of con­crete, bricks and soil will need to be re­moved and a new foot­bridge, where the old rail bridge used to sit, will carry a public foot­path. It is hoped that much of the brick in­fra­struc­ture is re­pairable, re­duc­ing the mod­ern piling re­quired. In one area the canal­side cop­ing stones can be seen still in place.

When re­stored and ser­vices in­stalled, Wil­low Wren Train­ing will of­fer quiet ru­ral moor­ings for up to eight boats and a base for its train­ing fleet.

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