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Fol­low­ing the Heritage Lot­tery Fund’s de­ci­sion to turn down a ma­jor grant ap­pli­ca­tion for the Shrews­bury & New­port Canals Trust’s Thomas Telford @ Wappenshall pro­ject (which aims to re­store a Telford-built tran­ship­ment ware­house as a canal cen­tre, com­mu­nity cen­tre and Thomas Telford ex­hi­bi­tion), the Trust has re­luc­tantly put the pro­ject on hold. The bid re­ceived Stage 1 ap­proval and £70,000 of de­vel­op­ment fund­ing, but fol­low­ing ris­ing costs (which pushed the grant re­quest up from £1m to £1.3m, a strug­gle to raise the match fund­ing, and con­cerns about the busi­ness plan, HLF felt it could not sup­port the ap­pli­ca­tion. SNCT and HLF are ex­plor­ing fu­ture op­tions.

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