£½m for aque­duct re­pairs

LAN­CASTER CANAL

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AN AQUE­DUCT THAT badly dam­aged by the win­ter floods of 2015-16 is set to be re­stored thanks to £500,000 of Gov­ern­ment fund­ing.

Stain­ton Aque­duct, which car­ries the Lan­caster over the Stain­ton Beck and a foot­path, suf­fered scour­ing to its foun­da­tions This re­sulted in a large part of one face of the arch and the ad­ja­cent abut­ment wall be­com­ing de­tached, risk­ing a ma­jor col­lapse. But be­ing sit­u­ated on the aban­doned north­ern reaches of the canal be­tween Te­wit­field and Ken­dal, it wasn’t a pri­or­ity for Canal & River Trust fund­ing given the amount of flood re­pair work that was needed to re­open the nav­i­ga­ble Pen­nine wa­ter­ways.

How­ever, it is a listed his­toric struc­ture so de­mo­li­tion wasn’t an op­tion. The Trust, there­fore, car­ried out £250,000 of ini­tial works to sta­bilise the aque­duct and pre­vent fur­ther dam­age, while seek­ing ex­ter­nal sources for the es­ti­mated £1.5m needed for full re­pairs. But now, as part of a £4m pack­age of fund­ing for re­pairs across Cum­bria (mostly for paths and trails in the Lake District Na­tional Park), the Ru­ral Pay­ments Agency has agreed £500,000 for Stain­ton Aque­duct, paving the way for full re­pairs.

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