SALFORD SCHEME BACK ON
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.
AVIVA WINNERS AND LOSERS
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.
ARR, JIM BRINDLEY LAD?
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”.