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MONT­GOMERY CANAL

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THE MONT­GOMERY CANAL will re­open from its present ter­mi­nus be­low Maes­bury to Crick­heath Wharf within five years, thanks to con­fir­ma­tion of a Her­itage Lot­tery Fund Grant of £2.53m to­wards a £4.2m fund­ing pack­age – and this could act as a spring­board for fur­ther re­open­ings.

The length of canal to be re­stored with the HLF grant is short – just half a mile of chan­nel re­build­ing. How­ever, it will bring wider ben­e­fits to nav­i­ga­tion by: Al­low­ing the re­open­ing of an ad­di­tional mile of canal which has al­ready been re­stored, but is not open to nav­i­ga­tion be­cause there is nowhere to turn. Pay­ing for cre­ation of off-line na­ture re­serves, al­low­ing the dou­bling of the cur­rent limit of 2,500 boat move­ments per year, and fa­cil­i­tat­ing fu­ture restora­tion of the next two and a half miles to the Welsh bor­der at Llanymynech. Fund­ing restora­tion of 12 his­toric struc­tures on the Welsh length of canal, as a step to­wards the fu­ture re­open­ing of a fur­ther four miles to Ard­dleen which, in turn, would link through to the iso­lated 12-mile nav­i­ga­ble sec­tion through Welsh­pool.

Ex­press­ing an am­bi­tion “to bring boats back to Welsh­pool in ten years”, Mont­gomery Wa­ter­way Restora­tion Trust Chair­man Michael Lim­brey wel­comed the award and cred­ited the Shrop­shire Union Canal So­ci­ety’s vol­un­teers for help­ing the restora­tion to reach this point.

Crick­heath: boats here within five years

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