Cotswold loses but Wen­dover wins

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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.

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