Waterway body's £11.3m heritage bid edges closer

Cotswold canal refurbishment passes first stage of HLF funding

Restoration of the Cotswold canals came a step closer when British Waterways’ bid for a Heritage Lottery Fund grant of £11.3 million passed the first stage. BW made the bid on behalf of the Cotswold Canals Partnership and if the final plan gets approval, a 9.7km stretch of canal from Stonehouse on the Stroudwater Navigation & Brimscombe Port on the Thames & Severn Canal will be restored. This will include the creation of new wildlife habitats, which will involve landscaping and planting, the regeneration of 12ha of brownfield land and the conservation of 30 historic structures. BW has about a year to work up the plans to secure the HLF grant and to make sure that other funding plans are in place and work is ready to get under way.

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