Canal Team Not Downhearted
The project to restore 4 miles of canal between Stonehouse and Saul Junction is still very much alive despite receiving some disappointing news from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Phase 1b (Stonehouse to Saul) of the Cotswolds Canals project was unsuccessful in its initial approach for £13.6m of funds to complete the link from Saul Junction to Brimscombe Port.
Project Manager's Reaction
“We always knew that in the wake of the Olympics, demands for funding would outstrip the budget available resulting in many good bids being turned down.” said Ian Edwards, Canal Project Manager at Stroud District Council. “However, the HLF Committee recognised the significant national heritage value of our canals and we will work closely with the Heritage Lottery Fund to submit an even stronger application in 12 months’ time.
“Our focus remains the delivery of Phase 1a of the regeneration project from Saul to Brimscombe Port and releasing the economic potential of the canal corridor.”
Comment from CCT Chief Executive
Ken Burgin, Chief Executive of the Cotswold Canals Trust, said "There was always some doubt as to whether a Phase 1b HLF bid would be successful until further progress has been made on the ground on Phase 1a.
"The coming months will allow stronger partnerships to develop with other interested stakeholders and elements of the project to be refined. The Trust remains fully committed to this project which involves a huge amount of volunteer input. This is such an important waterways project both locally and nationally that we are confident of a positive outcome in due course."
Restoration Partnership Chairman looks to the future
Roger Hanbury, Chairman of the Cotswold Canals Partnership added: "Restoration of Cotswold Canals continues to inspire broad support as evidenced by the Partnership of 18 organisations that have promoted the project over the last 10 years.
"This is already a hugely successful project with delivery of phase 1a well underway. Phase 1b is the next logical step in this transformational project and with the continuing support of the Partnership I am sure we will build on success and win funding for Phase 1b on a future occasion.”