Dig­ging the dirt on the Swansea


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AN ISO­LATED SUR­VIV­ING length of the aban­doned Swansea Canal wit­nessed the rare sight of a dredger and hop­per barges at work clear­ing silt out of the chan­nel re­cently. Al­though aimed pri­mar­ily at keep­ing the wa­ter flow­ing to main­tain in­dus­trial wa­ter sup­plies to the Vale Inco met­als com­pany’s nickel works at Cly­dach, the work has had spin-off ben­e­fits for other canal users. Firstly it has helped the stock­ing of the canal with fish in con­nec­tion with a project to es­tab­lish a fish­ery for the Dis­abled An­gling So­ci­ety on the canal – the in­set pic­ture shows the fish al­ready in the canal be­ing stunned elec­tri­cally for tem­po­rary re­lo­ca­tion dur­ing dredg­ing.

Se­condly, it fits in with the Swansea Canal So­ci­ety’s long-term aim to re­store the canal to boats, and ul­ti­mately to con­nect it to the Neath and Ten­nant canals – see our fea­ture, CB, Au­gust 2015.

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