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Plans to ex­tend the Chelmer & Black­wa­ter Nav­i­ga­tion into the heart of Chelms­ford, first pro­posed in the 1990s and sup­ported by the coun­cil over the years, have been cast into doubt by City Coun­cil Leader Roy White­head who said he had “no in­ten­tion what­so­ever of al­low­ing these plans to go ahead”. Al­ready threat­ened by the po­ten­tial sale for de­vel­op­ment of the short strip of land needed for the new cut to link the Chelmer and River Can, the plan has been dis­missed by Coun­cil­lor White­head as “im­prac­ti­cal”, “very ex­pen­sive” at £10m, and its po­ten­tial use as “min­i­mal”. De­spite this, sup­port­ers be­lieve the cost would be nearer £2m, and the work “rel­a­tively sim­ple” and suited to vol­un­teers ac­cord­ing to Es­sex Wa­ter­ways Ltd’s Roy Chan­dler. See July 2015 for a re­port on the plan.

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