Bids sought for £200,000 legacy
WATERWAYS GROUPS ARE being invited to bid for funding of up to £ 200,000 to support their projects, as a result of a bequest left to the Inland Waterways Association by its former honorary consultant engineer Tony Harrison.
Mr Harrison, who died in 2014, had served on the Association’s Restoration Committee for 20 years, chaired it for five years, and provided expert advice from his professional career in hydraulics and hydrology to many waterway restoration projects. IWA’s aim is that his legacy will continue his long association with canals and is inviting applications. The successful bid or bids will be decided on the basis An alternative route to the depot based on an existing out-of-use freight line, which wouldn’t affect the canal.
The only fly in the ointment is that the new route of the HS2 is shown crossing the western part of Norwood Tunnel. As HS2 Ltd says: “The canal is in an existing tunnel with the new route passing over the top, so it should be manageable.” Unfortunately, as Chesterfield Canal Trust points out, that part of the tunnel has been destroyed by coal mining, and is planned to be bypassed by a new canal length running at ground level – so it isn’t quite so simple. However CCT will be meeting with HS2 Ltd and has “no doubt” that a solution can be found.
Finally, although to a certain extent all plans are up in the air following the EU referendum, the new Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling, has said he has “no plans to back away from” HS2. of “the maximum amount of good that could be achieved for the inland waterways”.
Bids could be for canal restoration, as was the case with the earlier IWA legacies which paid for work on the Wendover Arm and the Droitwich Canal’s Hanbury Locks, but this is not stipulated: the only condition is that they must be “consistent with IWA’s charitable objectives”. Indeed, Chairman Les Etheridge hoped they would be “of very broad scope” to reflect Mr Harrison’s interests in everything from canoeing to economics.
Applications are invited by email neil.edwards@ waterways.org.uk to by 1 October, with a view to making a decision in April 2017. Kennet firstname.lastname@example.org.