THREAT TO DAVEN­TRY ARM PLAN

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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”.

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