...but Wap­pen­shall misses out

SHREWS­BURY & NEW­PORT CANALS

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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.

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