Cotswold loses but Wendover wins
THE COTSWOLD CANALS Trust’s restoration plans have suffered a setback with the rejection of a £15-million bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund which would have created a ten-mile restored length of waterway connecting the Stroud valley to the national network.
However, the Trust has vowed to carry on, and is already planning to resubmit a modified bid – see pages 12-13 for the full story.
Meanwhile, a bid for £1,637,000 for the Grand Union Canal Wendover Arm has been given First Round approval by HLF, meaning the money has been earmarked and a development grant of £74,600 is immediately available.
Assuming it gets the full Second Round go-ahead, this will see the completion of the 1.25 miles currently under restoration from Tringford to Aston Clinton, creating a three-mile fully navigable length, as well as enhancing the towpath along the entire 6.75 miles to Wendover, recruiting a team of volunteers, plus community involvement, nature, heritage and canoeing projects.