A small but significant step in the restoration of the Cotswold Canals between Stonehouse and Brimscombe was taken last week.
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), Stroud District Council and the Stroud Valleys Canals Company have now signed the official Funding Agreement. This confirms that the full HLF grant of £11.9m is available to the project. As lead partner, the council can now move forward with the project. Work is expected to begin in October with construction of a new bridge over the canal at Upper Mills, Stonehouse and dredging between Stonehouse Ocean and Haywards Bridge. This should be welcome news to residents at Bridgend, whose homes have been affected by flooding.
The agreement had to be renegotiated following the withdrawal of British Waterways from the project last year.