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The Waterways Trust is working as part of the Cotswold Canals Partnership to raise funds for the restoration of the Thames & Severn Canal and the Stroudwater Navigation.
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To date, the Partnership has secured £11.9 million funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund and £6 million from the South West of England Regional Development Agency for the first stage of restoration work. This will see the conservation-led restoration of a seven mile stretch of canal from The Ocean at Stonehouse to Brimscombe Port, east of Stroud.
In August 2006 an application to the Living Landmarks Fund (part of the Big Lottery) for £16 million to restore the Stroudwater Canal from Stonehouse to Saul Junction on the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal was shortlisted for consideration.
Following this announcement, the Partnership was awarded a £250,000 grant by the fund to develop the application further, and the final application was submitted at the end of June 2007.
Unfortunately, it was announced on the 14th November 2007 that the Partnership was not successful, with three other projects going forward to share the available funds. This is a big disappointment to all involved, but the work carried out to work up the bid lays the ground for future applications. The partnership and all of its member organsiations remain as committed to the restoration as ever:
“Clearly this is a tremendous disappointment for all the partners and individuals involved in the project to restore the historic waterways which make up the Cotswold Canals. We will however continue to pursue other funding sources for this fantastic community based project and of course we’ll continue work to deliver the first phase of the restoration which is underway and will restore a 6½-mile section of canal between Brimscombe Port in Stroud and Stonehouse.
“A huge amount of effort and enthusiasm went into the Living Landmarks application, from volunteers to professionals, and local people to waterway enthusiasts across the country. I know too that many local people will be hugely disappointed, because their support for the project and its great potential for delivering leisure, wildlife, heritage, education and economic benefits is enormous.” Roger Hanbury, chairman of the Cotswold Canals Partnership.
How you can help
£2 million still needs to be raised for this first stage of restoration work. You can help us to restore the Cotswold Canals and put Britain’s waterways back on the map by making a donation today.
Click here - to make a secure on-line donation or call our donation hotline on 0845 0700 710 (9am-5pm, Mon-Fri)
For further information please send and e-mail via the link below, or contact The Waterways Trust (See Contacts page)