Melksham Link Public Meeting
The Melksham Link project team is considering innovative designs for the new bridges proposed for the scheme. The planning application design is a 'flatpack' produced by Macrete. Click here to see a video of one of these bridges being installed
The Melksham Trust together with Melksham Community Area Partnership hosted an open event to promote the proposed Melksham Link Waterway on Thursday 6 December at Melksham Assembly Hall.
Over 100 people attended the event
Ken Oliver Project Delivery Officer for the Canal Partnership gave a presentation showing the overall plan of the 60 miles of the Wilts & Berks Canal and progress on restoration of the various sections of the waterway.
Derek Flexer Chairman of the Melksham Calne and Chippenham Branch of the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust showed some of he work carried out locally by the volunteers.
The main part of the evening was a presentation about the design details of the Melksham Link plans.
Forward Swindon have published a summary of the responses to the recent consultation on the proposed MasterPlan for Swindon Town Centre .
A large number of responses indicated that they supported inclusion of the canal in the MasterPlan.
Forward Swindon are now considering what changes may be made .
You can read the summary of responses by clicking here
A new MasterPlan is being considered for Swindon Town Centre.
The Consultation period has now closed
The Canal Partnership Has Commeted that members are concerned that the opportunity for the Wilts & Berks Canal and its economic and environmental benefits is being ignored in the current proposal .
The next stage of the process to produce a Masterplan are detailed on the Forward Swindon web site
Information as at 25th September 2012
The scheme has been submitted to Wiltshire Council as a planning application which has now been validated.
The reference number is W/12/01080/FUL
You can comment on the application on the Wiltshire Council planning web site by clicking here (Please note due to the complexity of the application, plans and documents may not be available on this site until 3rd October)
The plans and documents are also downloadable from Melksham Link page of this web site
The Wilts & Berks Canal Trust is proud to announce that it has been awarded the Queens Award for Volunteering Services 2012 .
Described as the MBE for volunteering it is rated as, 'the highest award given to volunteer groups across the country for outstanding work'
The citation printed in the London Gazette on 2nd June 2012 reads ; "The Wilts & Berks Canal Trust - Conserving, restoring and improving a Wiltshire, Swindon and Oxfordshire canal network benefiting the community and its environment".
Following the successful construction of the Wilts & Berks Canal at East Wichel, plans have been published as part of a consultation for the next phase of the development.
The restored Wilts & Berks Canal will be a major part of Middle and West Wichel .
The new District Centre will include opportunities for the enjoyment of the waterside with canal-side restaurants and cafes.
Click here for further information and an opportunity to comment.
Natwest Community Force have announced that a Swindon project has been succesful in securing funds for works to safeguard and improve the canal bank at Westleaze
Over 100 members of the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust met at Derry Hill on Saturday 15th October 2011 following tours of the restored canal at Pewsham.
The guest speaker was John Bridgeman deputy Chairman of British Waterways and transition trustee for the Canal & River Trust