Buy a brick

Published: Wednesday, 26 May 2010

THE Wey & Arun Canal Trust (WACT) has reached agreement with Loxwood community representatives over the appearance of the metal railings on the new canal bridge, which many did not like.

However, much to the local residents' consternation, the railings, although fully complying with the roadside safety regulations, weren't the prettiest things in Loxwood. They stand out all the more when seen next to the new lock and horse bridge built in local brick by volunteers for the canal restoration project.

After very careful consideration of the various designs by Loxwood Parish Council and Loxwood Society in association with WACT, a planning application has been filed with Chichester District Council for a revised design. A reinforced concrete parapet to 1 metre high faced in brick on both sides with a lighter rail along the top will give a ‘softer', more traditional appearance without adversely affecting safety.  An artists' impression of the new bridge is shown.

Buy a brick

Speaking at the Trust's Annual General Meeting in Billingshurst, West Sussex, Sally Schupke, chairman of WACT, launched a ‘buy a brick' scheme, offering WACT members and supporters the chance to contribute £5 in exchange for a symbolic numbered brick, explaining:

"The sooner we raise the money, the sooner the metal railings will become brick faced to match the new lock and the whole area will look much better," said Sally.

Donations should be sent to The Wey & Arun Canal Trust, The Granary, Flitchfold Farm, Loxwood, Billingshurst, RH14 0RH. 01403 752403. Please mark your envelope 'Buy a Brick'.