Canal Boat - - This Month -

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

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