Rewards for waterways campaigners
MORE THAN THREE decades of campaigning work for the waterways has earned Phil Sharpe the Inland Waterways Association’s premier annual award, the Cyril Styring Trophy, as one of eight recipients of the Association’s annual awards.
Singled out for particular credit was Mr Sharpe’s contribution to the successful campaign to modify the HS2 railway route to reduce its impact on the canals in the Fradley Junction area – as well as his earlier work in fighting for navigable crossings where the M6 Toll crosses the Lichfield and Hatherton canals. He features in our 20Questions feature this month: see page 98. Also recognised in the awards were Michael Limbrey for his work in the Montgomery Waterway Restoration Trust; Waterway Recovery Group’s North West regional group for its fundraising over 30 years; IWA branch activists Madeline Dean, Derek Bradley, Roger Evans and David Lowe; and the association’s Lichfield Branch for its behind-the-scenes activities in dealing with planning applications as well as its work on towpath and mooring improvements.