CITY LEADER ‘NO’ TO NEW CUT
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.