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Aylesbury Canal Society turns first sod on new basin

The Aylesbury arm of the Grand Union Canal is set to have its first new canal basin in 200 years, as work begins on the Aylesbury Canal Society’s new private moorings.

The basin, to be called ‘Circus Field’, will be in Broughton, below lock 14 and a mile from from the Society’s old moorings at the end of the arm. It will provide up to 40 moorings and clubhouse, along with dry and wet docks for boat maintenance.

“We have waited a very long time for this, with many challenging problems resolved and no doubt many more to come,” said ACS Chairman Bryan Barnes. “Circus Field Basin will provide the Aylesbury Canal Society with some of the best inland waterway moorings in the country and we expect to attract more members and boats.

“The Society has long been recognised as one of the most welcoming places for visiting boaters and we intend to continue this tradition with up to two weeks of free moorings for visiting boats at Circus Field.”

The society was formed in 1971 and believes its presence at the end of the arm has been largely responsible for preserving it from closure. The move to Circus Field will allow Aylesbury Vale District Council to proceed with its large Waterside development, which will occupy the society's old site at the end of the arm. 

Saturday 20 October  | Andrew Denny  | 11.26am, Saturday 20 October 2012

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