THREAT TO DAVENTRY ARM PLAN
The proposal to build a new branch of the Grand Union Canal to link it to Daventry has reportedly been ‘ditched’ in the run up to local authority changes. However the Daventry Canal Association has told Canal Boat that a story which appeared in local press does not represent an official announcement, although the decision to prepare a business plan for the Arm was “currently on hold”.
Despite opposition from the (Labour controlled) Town Council, the (Conservative controlled) Daventry District Council gave planning permission in 2017 for the scheme for an arm to link the town to the Grand Union Main Line east of Braunston Tunnel, and agreed £300,000 of funding to prepare a business plan which envisages the canal being built as part of residential expansion of the town. However with the forthcoming changes which will see the District merged into a new unitary authority, all plans are on hold while the Council decides what it is “prepared to move forward with within the time and financial parameters we are currently operating within”.
Chairman Dean Hawkey said that DCA would “continue to push for the Business Plan to be implemented, as we believe that this will show that the canal arm is financially viable, and will prove to be a major attraction to Daventry”.