UK. Inland Waterways Association backs Uttoxeter Canal feasibility study

Tuesday, 09 December 2008

One of Staffordshire’s lost waterways has been given a helping hand by The Inland Waterways Association (IWA) with a grant of £5,000 to the Caldon and Uttoxeter Canals Trust towards a feasibility study into the restoration of the Uttoxeter Canal. The study will investigate how to restore the canal between Froghall and Uttoxeter, which although closed as long ago as 1849 is considered restorable by many waterways experts.

In making the grant, IWA Restoration Commitee chairman Vaughan Welch said:

“This is one of many grants that IWA makes to similar organisations during the year to enable planning and scoping works to take place to help unlock funding for restoration. In making this award, IWA was conscious of the Trust’s public awareness and political lobbying campaign which has to date successfully engaged and got the interest of the various local authorities, to the extent that restoration of the Uttoxeter Canal is ‘pencilled’ into their Local Development Framework processes and on their regeneration agendas, and the authorities are now pressing for a feasibility study in order that the restoration scheme can be formally recognised.”

He went on to say: “A positive outcome of the Feasibility Study would enable the Trust to press for the restoration of the Uttoxeter Canal to be formally included in the Local Development Framework documentation for the canal’s various local authorities, including Staffordshire County Council, Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, and East Staffordshire Borough Council. This would enable the route to be protected and encourage its inclusion in future development planning.”

Mike Maryon, Uttoxeter Canal Restoration Committee Chairman, and Staffordshire County Councillor for Cheadle & Checkley, said: “We are indebted to The Inland Waterways Association for this grant. This money comes at a critical time for us as we are discussing with the local Councils (Staffordshire County Council / Staffordshire Moorlands District Council / East Staffordshire Borough Council) the opportunities that regeneration could bring to the 13 mile stretch of Staffordshire canal that runs from Froghall via Oakamoor, Alton, Denstone and Rocester through to Uttoxeter. This extra funding will help us take another step in the Trust’s plans towards re-establishing the former glory of this canal and making people aware of the great benefits that this scheme could bring to local communities.”

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 09 December 2008 )