Canal Boat - - News Special -


An ur­ban re­gen­er­a­tion scheme, planned as part of the restora­tion of the first short length of the Manch­ester, Bolton & Bury Canal in Sal­ford but which fell foul of the eco­nomic down­turn, is back on track. The sec­tion of canal in­clud­ing three locks, moor­ing basins and en­trance tun­nel from the Ir­well, was re­built and reopened in 2008. How­ever, the planned devel­op­ments never hap­pened and the canal re­mained sur­rounded by empty land. But now, fol­low­ing ap­proval of the first phase of the de­vel­op­ment of the site in­clud­ing 571 homes (with work started in May 2016), a sec­ond phase in­clud­ing a fur­ther 546 apart­ments has also been ap­proved.


Three canal schemes have made the short­list for the Aviva Com­mu­nity Awards fol­low­ing an on­line vote. They are: the Ch­ester­field Canal Trust’s ‘Last Cuckoo’ project, an ar­chae­o­log­i­cal ex­ca­va­tion seek­ing to un­cover the re­mains of one of the canal’s for­mer work­ing boats; the Ethel com­mu­nity barge in York­shire; and Dud­ley Canal Trust’s Chit Chat Club for the older gen­er­a­tion. Un­for­tu­nately, the Pock­ling­ton Canal’s Amenity So­ci­ety’s bi­cen­te­nary ap­peal and the Shrews­bury & Newport Canal Trust’s Wap­pen­shall Ware­house Ap­peal were un­suc­cess­ful. The win­ners will be an­nounced on 10 Jan­uary 2017.


The for­mer James Brind­ley pub in Gas Street Basin, Birm­ing­ham, may re­open as a pi­rate-themed bar. The build­ing, built in the 1980s on the site of his­toric ware­houses de­mol­ished a decade ear­lier, has been closed for eight years, but is set for re­open­ing in Oc­to­ber 2017 by the New World Trad­ing Com­pany. It al­ready op­er­ates a Smug­glers Cove pi­rate bar in Liver­pool’s Albert Dock, but says plans for Birm­ing­ham are “still at an early stage”.

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