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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