...but Wappenshall misses out
SHREWSBURY & NEWPORT CANALS
SUPPORTERS of the Shrewsbury & Newport Canals Trust’s restoration scheme are reconsidering their options for moving forward following the disappointment of their £1m Lottery bid for Wappenshall Warehouse being turned down.
The former trans-shipment warehouse designed by Thomas Telford stands at the junction of the Shropshire Union Newport Arm and the Shrewsbury Canal, the two waterways whose restoration is being led by the Trust. It had been earmarked for restoration as a community centre and canal centre, and its bid for a Heritage Lottery Fund Grant had received Stage 1 approval (agreement in principle) in 2015. But despite active fundraising and applications to funding bodies, it proved difficult to raise all of the £350,000 ‘match funding’ – and now, following concerns about the scheme’s business plan and long-term sustainability, the HLF has turned it down.
However the Trust says it has arranged a meeting with the HLF, and while its Chairman Bernie Grant accepts that the Lottery isn’t “a bottomless pit of money”, he is optimistic for success in the future.