Wales backs Mon & Brec with £2.5m
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.