Community Consultation Update

Community Consultations in full swing

The Cotswold Canals Partnership team led by Dr Val Kirby is now taking the exhibition out to the communities that will be affected by the restoration.

First exhibition

Last weekend saw the first of six public consultation exhibitions that describe the draft Heritage Lottery Fund bid for restoring the Stroudwater Navigation from Saul Junction to Stonehouse. The exhibition in Gloucester Docks was the first in a series of public consultations by the Cotswold Canals Trust.

£15 million bid

The consultation sessions form part of the bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund for £15 million towards restoring the ‘missing link’. The restored link will enable access to the Cotswolds, via the River Severn and Gloucester-Sharpness Canal, from the 2,500-mile national waterways network.

Cotswold Canals Trust member Val Kirby explains… “The Mayor of Gloucester opened the first of our travelling exhibitions in the Canal and River Trust office in Gloucester. It was a great event, and we are looking forward to next Saturday’s exhibition at Whitminster Village Hall.

"We are now going out to speak to the people where they live and work.

"We shall be asking them for their views, expectations and aspirations for the restored link. The restored waterway will mean their communities will become waterside communities once more".

Designed & produced in Stroud

The exhibition has twenty panels carrying facts, figures and photos. The panels have been designed and produced by the Stroud Design Co-operative led by Steve Roberts. Steve’s studio in Bankfield House at Wallbridge overlooks the restored canal close to Stroud Brewery Bridge.

Spread the word

The exhibition will now visit Whitminster, Frampton-on-Severn, Stonehouse, Eastington and Stroud on consecutive Saturday afternoons.

Click here, or on the poster icon, top right, to view the dates, times and venues. You may like to download and print a poster to assist in spreading the word.

Unable to attend?

You can still have your say even if you are unable to attend any of the exhibitions.

Click here, or on the middle Public Consultation icon, to view a six page illustrated leaflet that details the six themes upon which the funding bid is based.

You can then send us your thoughts by completing the on-line questionnaire.
Click here or on the last icon to go to the questionnaire.