More cash for Cotswold Canals

Published: Monday, 03 August 2009

THE restoration of the Cotswold Canals has received a further boost with an injection of £12 millions.

Though British Waterways reneged on its commitment to the restoration of the Cotswold Canals, that would once more connect the Thames to the Severn, Stroud District Council and the Stroud Valleys Canals Company have persuaded the Heritage Lottery Fund to provide the much needed cash.

This means that work on the length of the waterway between between Stonehouse and Brimscombe can now begin.

In October a new bridge will be built over the canal at Upper Mills and dredging will take place on the existing waterway between Stonehouse Ocean and Haywards Bridge.

The agreement had to be renegotiated after British Waterways withdrew from the project last year.