Wales backs Mon & Brec with £2.5m

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THE WELSH GOV­ERN­MENT is sup­port­ing the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal to the tune of £2.5m – with the ma­jor­ity of the cash go­ing to­wards engi­neer­ing works to se­cure the long-term fu­ture of lengths which have suf­fered breaches in the past.

The grant will sup­port work by Glandwr Cymru (the Canal & River Trust in Wales) to “rein­vig­o­rate the wa­ter cor­ri­dor from Brecon to New­port and from New­port to Cwm­carn” (which in­cludes both the nav­i­ga­ble sec­tion and the lengths un­der restora­tion) and matches a sim­i­lar sum from CRT.

It in­cludes sup­port for bio­di­ver­sity mea­sures, her­itage and tourism; how­ever, a CRT spokesman told Canal­Boat that the bulk of the fund­ing (£4.4m out of the to­tal of just over £ 5m) is go­ing to­wards the “crit­i­cal el­e­ment” of em­bank­ment strength­en­ing and leak­age re­duc­tion to stop the canal “slid­ing down the hill­side” as in 2007 (pic­tured) where it fol­lows the Usk val­ley for over 16 miles, and which wouldn’t have been af­ford­able for sev­eral years with­out the ex­tra Welsh money.

This is the first ma­jor sup­port for CRT from the de­volved Welsh Gov­ern­ment (al­though there have been smaller grants) and is a one-off; how­ever, the Trust is hope­ful of more in the fu­ture, with a to­tal of per­haps £20m needed in the long run to bring the risks down to a “manageable ba­sis” along the whole canal.

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