FINDINGS FOR PROJECT
Est cost ÂŁM (exc VAT)
Funding stage reached: Advanced (1) Substantial (2) Intermediate (3) Early (4)
Strategic significance: National (N) Regional (R) Local (L)
River Weaver Navigation Society, BW
Restoration of one lock and one bridge to improve boat access to Weaver via rarely-used formerly semi-tidal water and improve access to Frodsham and help its regeneration
Feasibility study and restoration strategy completed 2005. BW supportive as long as funding for lock restoration and maintenance is secured. LA also supportive. Council believes this remains a good project with local support and a potential strategic fit to regional initiatives for the lower Weaver. Next stage requires work on assessing benefits and developing funding package.
Now part of Fens Waterway Link (see project no 104)
Wey & Arun Canal Trust
Progressive restoration of remaining 60% for through navigation from Wey to sea. Creation of sustainable low-cost heritage and tourism amenity in populated area with few inland waterways and amenity benefit for local community
N with Portsmouth & Arundel no 66
Council welcomes strategic approach now being 85 developed by strengthened and pro-active Trust. Canal Completion Strategy report commissioned in 2005. Interim restoration projects successfully completed since 2001 (more than 3 kms of waterway now open) including new bridge and aqueduct and more in the pipeline, boosting funding prospects. Pragmatic approach to continuing progress reflects land ownership issues and difficulties in attracting large-scale funding in this part of the country. In these contexts the success of the Trust is to be applauded.
Wilts & Berks Canal Partnership
Restoration of through navigation (including diversions where necessary), promoting fullest use for transport, recreation (will create multiple cruising rings), local amenity and tourism for public benefit and securing environmental enhancement
This remains one of the most ambitious restoration projects in Britain. Council applauds sustained progress since last review including Partnership formation and development, physical restoration at various sites, mobilisation of LA and public support, completion of 7 detailed engineering/feasibility reports and 10 year restoration strategy, planning safeguarding and land acquisition and successful fund-raising. Emphasis on flagship projects include connections with Thames (completed this year with IWA Jubilee Grant), Thames & Severn and Kennet & Avon Canals (none of which is difficult or high-cost), within a 10 year plan and funding from EU, Lottery and other sources. The Partnership with others has been shortlisted in the Living Landmarks bidding process for a series of rural regeneration projects including the restoration of the Swindon to Cricklade section of the Canal. The Council looks forward to the full reconnection of the entire project with the national waterway system.
IWAAC INLAND WATERWAY RESTORATION AND DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS
Restoration Priorities 2006