We await with many fingers crossed for news about the application for a grant from a Landfill Tax credits operator to allow us to start the main part of the work.
We have just been notified that the Swindon Local Plan has now been officially adopted by Swindon Borough Council. www.swindon.gov.uk/localplan . This Local Plan is following on from Wiltshire Council’s Core Strategy and now each of these plans has a policy to protect the route of the Wilts & Berks to allow restoration. The situation in Oxfordshire (Vale of White Horse DC) is more complicated and would probably take several blogs to explain. Enough to say that there is much more work to do in the coming months to achieve the same result.
We often talk about partnership and cooperation and Kath and Chris took the opportunity this weekend to meet representatives from a number of canal restoration groups at the Southern Canals Association meeting on Sunday. Hosted by the Cotswold Canals Trust the site visit included some of the significant ‘Phase 1a’ restoration projects in the Stroud Area. The restoration sites are very impressively organised, with a strong focus on hitting a site hard until it is completed. CCT use an enormous number of volunteers, many from their own membership(now over 8000), Waterway Recovery Group and a lot of local groups.