Wiltshire Council Local Plan Consultation

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

Oct 2022

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

October 2022

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 .

You can download the report here

The accompanying video is introduced by David Suchet


Swindon Canalside Wichelstowe

March 2019

The canal is refilled and awaiting further tests before full reopening in May




Read more: Swindon Canalside Wichelstowe

The new footbridge is installed

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February 2019  Hall & Woodhouse Pub opens

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October 2018

Work is progressing on the canal adjacent to the newly built Hall & Woodhouse pub

The canal is expected to be re-watered here early in 2019

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You can find about more about Canalside from The Wichelstowe project web site by clicking here



Studley Grange Opening Ceremony

On July 4th 2018 the Studley Grange section of the canal was officially opened

You can see the whole opening ceremony as broadcast on Facebook Live here


You can see more about this project here

Wichelstowe District Centre Design Code

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

Read more: Wichelstowe District Centre Design Code

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.

Peoples Millions

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.

Read more: Peoples Millions


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.

You have until 31st October to vote.