Planning permission for canal restoration
The Montgomery Waterway Restoration Trust has received planning permission for the reconstruction of Schoolhouse Bridge, near Oswestry in Shropshire.
Current restoration, supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, will see the waterway reopened to Crickheath Basin, leaving just two miles of dry canal in Shropshire. Schoolhouse Bridge is on this section and is the last road blockage before the Welsh border.
The canal was abandoned in 1944 along with other parts of the Shropshire Union Canal system. The canal’s restoration started 50 years ago with a work party in Welshpool drawn from local residents and canal enthusiasts from the Shropshire Union Canal Society and the Waterway Recovery Group.
“A team from the local canal charities has been working together to promote the next stages of restoration,” explained Michael Limbrey, chair of the Montgomery Waterway Restoration Trust. “In the last three years our Restore the Montgomery Canal appeal has raised most of the money we need to rebuild Schoolhouse Bridge though we are still keen to receive donations to complete the funding.
“This really will be one of the most exciting projects on the Montgomery Canal and indeed on any of the canal restorations around the country,” he continued. ““Now planning permission has been obtained, we are pressing ahead with the design details for final approval.”
It is hoped work will begin in 2020.
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