Frampton on Severn
Over 60 people attended the Saul to Stonehouse Waterway Restoration Exhibition at Frampton on Severn on Saturday 13th June. The vast majority of the questionnaires expressed solid support for the restoration of the navigation between Saul Junction and Stonehouse.
Consultation Project Leader Val Kirby commented,“It was a great turnout and we met an interesting group of people.
"The team of Cotswold Canals Trust (CCT) Volunteers staffing the exhibition identified an interesting theme to the questions and comments.
"The people of Frampton on Severn are concerned about parking!”
A canal runs through it
A local boater explained that the local sensitivity to vehicles parked in narrow lanes around the village is heightened by the fact that Frampton is a parish that 'already has a canal running through it!'
A leisure destination
The Gloucester — Sharpness Canal is already a leisure destination. Ramblers, wildfowl photographers, anglers and boat owners invariably travel to the various waterside access points in motor vehicles.
Val Kirby was able to reassure the residents of Frampton and district that the restoration project team is already looking at prospective sites for car parking near the Stroudwater Navigation that do not adversely affect villages.
“We do understand local concerns about problem parking and will do our very best to ensure the problem is not made worse.
"We want to make sure that there are good connections from the towpath to, and through, local villages. The ‘visitor-spend’ at local pubs, shops and garages can contribute significantly to a waterside community.”
Indeed Frampton Green was a very busy place on a cloudy Saturday. Frampton's air of communal activity was further demonstrated by a well-attended Boules Tournament just along from the Village Hall. The tournament even attracted participation by some members of the exhibition team.
CCT’s Andy Berry commented on the number of Frampton residents visiting the exhibition who announced themselves as ‘Already members of the Cotswold Canals Trust.’
Nevertheless, the exhibition provided the opportunity for three further families to endorse their support for the restoration by signing up as members.
The next exhibition takes place next week at Stonehouse Community Centre in Laburnum Walk, GL10 2NS between 2pm and 6pm, Saturday 20th June.
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