Our regular roundup of progress around the system begins in the south on the Wey & Arun Canal...
Progress Wey & Arun Canal
the public and demonstrate the ‘green corridor’ concept which establishes the restored Following the opening of Devil’s Hole Lock canal as a universal amenity. attention has moved to the next lock in the WACT is cooperating with the Loxwood River Wey direction, namely Southland. This Society and the local Parish Council in a fund is the one where a badger sett now occupies raising exercise to provide new parapets for the site of the former lock bridge and is the main road bridge, opened in 2009. The adding to the complications. WACT has to go current metal railings were demanded by the through a planning application procedure, highway authority, and few people like their and although the local wildlife conservation appearance, so the plan is – again subject to experts are happy with the restoration proplanning permission - to replace them with posals, any other comments have to be brick-faced concrete walls topped with a less carefully considered by Chichester DC before obtrusive railing, which should satisfy both permission can be granted and work started. aesthetic and safety standards. The proposal is to move the lock about 10m As always, volunteer work continues further ‘upstream’ – which won’t be as difficult with new projects and maintenance of existas it sounds, as all of the original brick walls ing sections along the length of the canal, have been ‘recycled’ so a complete rebuild with different working parties active almost would be needed anyway. The training walls every day of the week. Details at the web site will extend southwards past the badger sett, (as above) to prevent flooding of the tunnels. Bill Thomson Before tacking the lock, Eric Walker’s working group has been rebuilding the culvert below the lock site. A presently neglected area near the River Wey junction is to benefit from landscaping work thanks to a generous six-figure bequest from the Ed and Doris Hunt Memorial Fund. The Hunts came from Loxwood, so knew the canal, and the plans for improvements at Shalford are just the sort of conservation project of which they would have approved. Although it is too soon fora return to navigation here, the work Rebuilding under way on the culvert below Southland Lock will open the area to WACT
Wey & Arun Canal
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