A toast to the forward-thinkers who are backing the Cotswold Canals link to the system
Nipped along to The Ship for a pint the other day, as you do, and very pleasant it was too. What made it taste even better was the fact that I was sitting on a canal; well, okay, the canal is in the garden – or will be.
The Ship has recently been bought by Stroud District Council for the very good reason that the land will be needed to link the Stroudwater Navigation back to Brimscombe Port where cargo from Severn Trows used to be loaded onto barges for onward shipment along the Thames & Severn Canal to the Thames at Inglesham.
So, things are more than stirring now in this quaint corner of the Cotswolds. (Quick declaration of openness here, I’m one of the many members of the Cotswold Canals Trust.) Now the Canal & River Trust has pledged £ 625,000 towards the project (see Page 11) to link the Stroudwater back to the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal, opening it up to the system, provided a second bid later this year for Lottery funding is successful.
There’s two parts to this (besides the pint); if CRT didn’t think the project worthwhile, it wouldn’t have pledged the cash, and by doing so it increases the chance of the Lottery balls falling in CCT’s favour. So, thank-you CRT. It’s good to see a potential for the system to expand. And soon, too.
NICK WALL Editor