£15m Cotswold bid goes in

COTSWOLD CANALS

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WILL BOATS FROM all over the canal net­work be able to cruise up the first ten miles of the re­stored Cotswold Canals in five years’ time? The an­swer is now in the hands of the Her­itage Lottery Fund fol­low­ing the sub­mis­sion of a £15m bid by the Cotswold Canals Trust.

With work near­ing com­ple­tion on the iso­lated six miles from Stone­house via Stro-ud to just short of Brim­scombe Port – and HLF re­ported to be im­pressed by the stan­dard of the restora­tion – fin­gers are crossed for an April go-ahead for the bid which cov­ers the ‘miss­ing link’ four-mile length from Stone­house to Saul Junc­tion on the Glouces­ter & Sharp­ness Canal.

Two and a half years of work by CCT’s 40-strong team have gone into the sub­mis­sion, in­clud­ing plan­ning: Two bridges to take the canal un­der the A38 main road round­about Di­vert­ing the canal to share a river bridge un­der the M5

The al­ready re­stored Rye­ford Locks and ( be­low) Pike Lock, East­ing­ton, on the ‘miss­ing link’ cov­ered by the new fund­ing bid In­sert­ing a nav­i­ga­ble cul­vert through a main rail­way em­bank­ment Two new locks and a mile of new canal, prob­a­bly to be built by vol­un­teers

If HLF says ‘yes’ in April, an im­me­di­ate start of de­vel­op­ment work should see a re­open­ing around 2021.

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