The route of this section of the canal has been chosen by the public and is a significant step
towards the wider restoration of the Cotswold Canals. Design work will begin immediately
with a planning application being submitted in the summer.
The process has been a huge success with 29 people from 9 different organisations manning
a display in the town centre and handing out leaflets at a number of locations throughout the
town. The help of these organisations has ensured that the consultation had a non-biased partnership approach. The Cotswold Canals Partnership offers their sincere thanks to all
involved and especially to Project Stroud for the use of their community shop as consultation HQ.
This decision is the culmination of a six month long process involving over fifteen local groups and organisations such as Stroud Town Council and Gloucester Wildlife Trust. This
group will meet again at the end of the month to examine the process, and to work out how the town, its communities, its environment and its visitors can continue to be represented as designs for the canal through the site develop.
Roger Hanbury, Chair of the Cotswold Canals Partnership says “The success of this consultation was wholly due to the hard work of all the groups and individuals involved. The public was presented with a difficult decision, but have made their choice after looking into all aspects such as conservation, budgets, pollution and deadlines.”
Public consultation on the route of the canal through Capel’s Mill (Also known as Frome Banks) has now come to a close. Of the three options put forward, the ‘river route’ (alongside the River Frome, avoiding the waste tip) was the clear winner, with 46 percent of the people that voted stating it as their first choice.
13 February 2007