Bas­ingstoke CRT trans­fer back on?


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A TRANS­FER of the Bas­ingstoke Canal to the Canal & River Trust could be on the cards again, with dis­cus­sions re-start­ing be­tween CRT and the canal’s cur­rent own­ers.

As part of the restora­tion of the 32-mile canal, it was taken over by Sur­rey and Hamp­shire county coun­cils. But since re­open­ing in 1991, they and the smaller lo­cal au­thor­i­ties have of­ten pro­vided in­ad­e­quate fund­ing, and it de­te­ri­o­rated to the point where it was closed for long pe­ri­ods of time.

In 2012 the coun­ties put up £4m to tackle over­due work and get the canal open, but there re­mained a size­able back­log, with the water­way’s long-term sur­vival also de­pend­ing on more on­go­ing fund­ing. A CRT takeover was seen as the best way for­ward, but talks ended as CRT could not take on a li­a­bil­ity with­out the coun­cils pro­vid­ing a ‘dowry’ they couldn’t af­ford.

How­ever the coun­ties have now opened fresh dis­cus­sions with CRT un­der a five year plan to make the canal more sus­tain­able, by in­creas­ing in­come gen­er­a­tion and tack­ling the re­pair back­log, with the long-term plan be­ing for CRT to man­age the canal. The news has been wel­comed by the Bas­ingstoke Canal So­ci­ety, which led the restora­tion.

The Bas­ingstoke Canal at Deep­cut Locks

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