A solution to the problem of re-opening the canal through Capel's Mill in Stroud is about to be unveiled in public.
After years of concern about the best route for the restored waterway to take through the site, a proposal will be exhibited next week at Unit Three of the Brunel Mall, London Road, Stroud from Thursday 2nd June.
The original line of the canal through the mill, which lies at the bottom of Rodborough Fields, was obliterated when Dr. Newton's Way bypass was built.
Plans & Pictures
Plans for routing the canal through the Capel's Mill site are now virtually finalised and the ideas, plus artist's impressions, will be on show.
Dave Marshall, spokesman for the Stroud District Council which is leading the whole project, said: "We don't want to give away too much beforehand because we would like the public to come along and understand our suggestions."
The bypass runs on the old line of the waterway, and also uses the wide arch under the railway viaduct.
Mr Marshall said the scheme was further complicated by the steep slopes at the site, and the fact that it used to be a rubbish tip. Previous options for getting the canal through the spot were not popular.
But now Councillor Keith Pearson, SDC cabinet member for regeneration, said: "Our engineers have taken a long hard look at the problems and come up with a solution which we hope people will like."
Milling at the Capel's Mill site dates back to at least 1513, and clothier William Capel owned it in the 1700s. The Capel family had left the site by 1838, and the mill was demolished in 1964.
Exhibition – Dates & Times
The exhibition will be open from:
- 5pm to 8pm on Thursday June 2
- 9am to 5pm on Friday June 3
- 9am to noon on Saturday June 4
Restoration Project Staff will be on hand to answer visitors' questions.