Probably reflecting late summer/early autumn weather, this week has been relatively quiet both in terms of meetings and actions.
The final revision for the notice of the AGM has now been sent to all WBCT members and we are trying to finalise arrangements for the day (Sat Oct 17th) . The site visit to the work at Studley Grange is proving particularly challenging and we will not be able to finally confirm what is possible until the day . If you have seen the pictures regularly posted on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/wiltsberkscanal you will know that the infill being removed is clay and when wet is almost impossible to walk on and stay upright!. So the working plan is that if by some miracle it stays dry then we will be able to get on the towpath but otherwise it will be viewing from either end of the works.
Kate Jones has been starting to meet local groups to ‘recruit’ volunteers to carry out the planting when the main works are completed
Just another reminder from Kath to please get busy selling the draw tickets and to get money and counterfoils back to her as soon as possible before the AGM.
The Vale of White Horse Local Plan Enquiry started last week but listening to the opening session it is going to be quite some time before canals take to that stage . The main discussions and arguments are all about housing numbers- how many & where!
We were pleased to welcome the new Foxham & Lyneham Branch Chairman Ian Gilbert to the Seven Locks project meeting where Sheila Wade agreed to pick up the planning and other issues to start to progress work again.
Finally little by little the Environment Statement for the Melksham Link is now being assembled by the consultants Nicholas Pearson Associates who believe that the work will be completed in November.