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Feasibility Study into Lichfield Canal is unveiled

The launch of the Feasibility Study into the Lichfield Canal. Pic: Harry Arnold, Waterway Images, Alrewas

The launch of the Feasibility Study into the Lichfield Canal. Pic: Harry Arnold, Waterway Images, Alrewas

The Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust has launched its Feasibility Study for the Lichfield Canal.

The event at the Guildhall was attended by an audience of 90 invited guests including the Mayor of Lichfield and the Chairman of Lichfield District Council.

The Study was commissioned from engineering consultants W.S. Atkins and sets out an achievable route for the Lichfield Canal from Ogley Junction, Brownhills to Huddlesford Junction, Whittington.

The whole scheme is now fully costed and all the engineering issues have been tackled.  This will enable the Trust to make an early start on restoring the canal from one end to the other.  It will also be possible to seek funding for each of the various stages.

The launch was introduced by Chairman, Brian Kingshott, supported by a team of specialist speakers.

Clive Henderson gave the supportive views of the Inland Waterways Association, followed by Mike Palmer who explained how experienced volunteers can progress the work.

Bob Williams, Trust Finance Director, gave an illustrated presentation setting out the history of the canal and what has been achieved so far. Jim Tinnion, consultant from Atkins, gave the main presentation which set out the parameters of the Study.  Tony Harvey, a senior executive from British Waterways, spoke in support of the restoration. 

The meeting ended with a vote of thanks from Trust President and Founder Eric Wood.

The details of the Study can  be seen in an exhibition at Lichfield Library during August and the Trust intends to take this display to other venues around the district.

The Launch of the Feasibility Study is a major landmark for the Canal Trust which is now confident that work can soon start in earnest to connect to the national waterways network.

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1 Comment

  1. Steve

    24th July, 2009 at 9:28 pm

    L&H CRT are a tireless group of volunteers who are really determined to get this job done. Every time I have any contact with them I’ve been really impressed with their vision and commitment. Good luck to them!