The consultation for the Wiltshire Local Plan is open from Wednesday 27th September ending on Wednesday 22nd November 2023
The draft Local Plan has a Canal Policy and you may wish to comment on this or other aspects of the plan.
There are 16 drop-in events at libraries and leisure centres around Wiltshire and a live webinar-style event on Microsoft Teams. You can just turn up to the in-person events, but you’ll need to register beforehand for the online event.
To find out more, see the timetable of events, and to sign up for the online event, click here
Swindon Wichelstowe Canal Extension Plans
Wichelstowe LLP, the developer behind the Wichelstowe development, is seeking permission from Swindon Borough Council to connect an existing section of the Wilts and Berks canal in the District Centre with the waterway in East Wichel.
Here are some of the details
Inland Waterways Association
The Inland Waterways Association has announced a new campaign and report highlighting the wide range of benefits of waterways restoration.
Waterways for Today is available to download from the IWA website via this link
Waterways in Progress
Om 30th March the Inland Waterways Association published the Waterways in Progress report . This report looks at how every part of the restoration has an intrinsic value before the whole restoration is completed .
Swindon Borough Council have published the Wichelstowe District Centre Design Code for Public Consultation. The canal is a central feature of the design code . Click here for more information- the consultation closed on 17th January 2017 .
Details of the canal works in Middle Wichel are shown below are the work which received planning approval in June 2017 is expected to start in the autumn
Studley Grange Progress September 2015
In June 2015 the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust appointed Land & Water Services Ltd to carry out the 1.2km of restoration works at Studley Grange Royal Wootton Bassett on the outskirts of Swindon. On September 10th 2015 members of the Wiltshire Swindon and Oxfordshire Canal Partnership were invited to see progress. The short video shows the towpath now fully reinstated and work just beginning to excavate the canal bed.
The Wilts & Berks Canal Trust has been selected as a finalist in this year's Big Lottery Fund Peoples’ Millions. The Studley Wildlife Trail will appear on ITV on 26th November and will compete against another project for the chance of winning £50K depending on a telephone vote on the night
You can find out more about the proposed Wildlife Trail at Studley Grange Royal Wootton Bassett and add your support now by clicking here.
The derelict canal at Studley Grange will be restored to provide a wildlife corridor and will include a bee and insect friendly wildflower trail.
Yorkshire Building Society Lasting Legacy
Vote to support grant from Yorkshire Building Society’s Lasting Legacy Fund
The Society has pledged £150,000 to leave a lasting impact in the communities it serves & the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust applied for a £10,000 donation from the Society’s Lasting Legacy Fund.
WBCT is one of 30 charities to be selected for the public vote.
If successful the £10,000 will to repair the 200 year old brick culvert under the restored canal at Pewsham that has collapsed.