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Progress towards plans for a re-watered length of the Buckingham Canal

Another significant stretch of the Buckingham Canal is close to being put back into water says the Buckingham Canal Society. 

Around 550 yards of the canal at Bourton Meadow will be restored to navigable status as a demonstration to the local community of the benefits the restoration will bring in terms of environment, leisure, green infrastructure and flood mitigation.

Volunteers have repaired a spill-weir, cleared the bed and kept it strimmed.  An ecological habitat survey has been carried out which highlights significant possibilities for habitat enhancement including using planted coir rolls for soft edging and developing existing hedgerows. The survey was funded by a £1,000 grant from Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation’s London Luton Airport Fund

The work is partly the fruit of a new partnership agreement with Aylesbury Vale District Council, while Bucks County Council recently awarded the society a further £2,000 from the Community Leaders’ Fund towards the restoration at Bourton Meadow.

The society is now preparing a planning application for the re-watering of the stretch, and says it would welcome advice and support from other canal societies who have experience of such applications.  

"As this is likely to be the first of many such applications we are determined to prepare a well-thought out application that puts the application into its long-term context", said Athina Beckett, chairman of the society. 

We want councillors to be fully informed about matters that are unfamiliar to them such as canal lining materials.  If other canal restoration organisations have experience of similar applications we would love to hear from them." 

The estimates to re-profile, line and landscape the section are expect to cost around £80,000. It is expected that a considerable part of this work will be undertaken by volunteers and grant applications are being prepared to meet the balance.

Monday 19 March  | Andrew Denny  | 1.06pm, Monday 19 March 2012

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