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FINDINGS FOR PROJECT

COMMENTARY

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Project promoter(s)

Project description/objective

Est cost ÂŁM (exc VAT)

Funding stage reached: Advanced (1) Substantial (2) Intermediate (3) Early (4)

Strategic significance: National (N) Regional (R) Local (L)

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10

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12

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Col no

IWA Lincolnshire Branch

Construction of new navigation to expand the leisure potential of the Rivers Ancholme and Rase and so improve the local economy

Not yet costed

4

L

No progress since last review. EA needs to be persuaded to give project higher priority for feasibility study when funding permits.

10

IWA Lincolnshire Branch

Part enlargement of existing channel and part construction of new channel to create new leisure navigation link to national waterway system

Not yet costed

4

L

No progress since last review. The project has potential for North Lincolnshire and LAs and EA should continue to be pressed to set in hand initial studies to determine viability and practicality

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Leicestershire (Ashby Canal Restoration Project)

Restoration of canal as catalyst for regeneration of former mining area, encourage investment and employment, create green corridor and increase biodiversity

11.0

1

R

Northernmost section to Moira partially completed since last review (completion may require a further TWA Order). On the Snarestone to Measham section, the TWA Order approved in 2005 was a major achievement and preliminary work already begun: construction expected to start in 2007-08. Revised to Regional status since 2001.

12

Stratford & New river navigation completing broad 10.0 Warwick link from River Severn to Grand Union Waterways Trust Canal and hence to River Thames and River Trent. Creation of new Midland cruising rings with boost to local economy. Niche freight potential

4

N

This remains a potentially valuable scheme from 13 a national waterways perspective but has so far failed to gather local political support in the face of entrenched nature conservation, landowning and existing river user opposition. The newly established (2004) dedicated Trust is now more sensitive to these issues but professional studies to demonstrate a comprehensive and sustainable approach, for which LA support is a prerequisite, are still needed.

EAWA

Restoration of full navigation on River Bure to former riverhead at Aylsham so extending Broads navigations

Not yet costed

4

L

No progress since the last review. The project would extend the Broads navigable network and is included for consideration in the Broads Plan but other projects are seen to give better value. More could be done in the interim to make the navigation better known and more readily available for non-powered boating, compatible with its nature conservation value.

Barnsley Dearne & Dove Canals Trust

Restoration to full navigation of both Canals (including new channels) to create 112km cruising ring in south and west Yorkshire and extend national network; promote investment, economic revitalisation and environmental gains for blighted industrial area

100.0+

4

R

This remains a major project with considerable 15 hurdles to be overcome and much further preparatory work required. A Barnsley Canals Consortium of LAs, BW & EA, and local interests was formed in 2000 and a feasibility report commissioned in 2004. Completed report suggests, broadly, that restoration would be feasible. Canal routes already mostly owned by LAs. Project now needs more focused LA support, project officer, professional help on funding bids and mobilising of voluntary efforts on easier sections.

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IWAAC INLAND WATERWAY RESTORATION AND DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

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Restoration Priorities 2006  

Restoration Priorities 2006

Restoration Priorities 2006  

Restoration Priorities 2006