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Sunday 30 October

Cotswold Canals project lose Dudbridge hydro scheme funding

The Cotswold Canals Trust learned on Friday 28th October that they have lost the bid to get £100,000 funding for installing a mini-hydroelectric scheme at Dudbridge Locks on the newly restored Stroudwater Canal.  

The money would have come from the British Gas Energyshare scheme for renewable local energy projects, and would have been for preparatory work on Dudbridge Locks, before their final restoration next year. 

Despite attracting 1,028 supporters, the second-highest number in its group, the project won't be one of ten selected for Energyshare funding. 

"The Members involved with the management of the application are, quite
frankly, gutted, especially after all the hard work that has gone on
behind the scenes in the last few weeks", said David Padgett, editor of Cotswold Canals News. 

The £300,000 hydro scheme has already received planning permission and it could still go ahead if the funding for initial works can be found from somewhere else before restoration starts next year.  Not having the project would not impede restoration of that section of the canal, although it is a golden opportunity to create something extra of value to the canal at comparatively little cost. vv

The scheme would provide a steady flow of electricity (and income) for the canal operators in the long-term. However, it is thought too expensive to 'retro-install' once the restoration is underway. 

Andrew Denny  | 11.36am

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