£15,000 canal fund could be taken back by Kendal Town Council

First published in News The Westmorland Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

KENDAL Town Council money previously earmarked for the Lancaster Canal Northern Reaches Project could be put back into general coffers.

A total amount of £15,000 has been held for use by the Canal Trust for the project to re-open 14 miles of waterway between Canal Head, Kendal, and Tewitfield.

But with the committee still unable to submit a planning application to make use of the money, it is now up for debate whether the cash should be transferred back into general council use.

Supporting the idea, Councillor Graham Vincent said: "Keeping money in a designated account and not using it makes me very uncomfortable."

The idea was put forward by at a Kendal Town Council meeting earlier this evening.

The project to re-open the stretch of canal began in the 1960s but efforts were strengthened in the 1990s by the formation of the Northern Reaches Restoration Group.

But the group has been unable to put forward a planning application and the money has not been used.

The council have now set themselves a four-month deadline. They will make their decision after the Canal Trust's quarterly meeting in April.

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8:20am Tue 5 Feb 13

zaney5 says...

Aye, give it back to the council, I'm sure they'll find another way to waste it.
Aye, give it back to the council, I'm sure they'll find another way to waste it. zaney5
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10:35am Tue 5 Feb 13

tom watson says...

As a kid who was raised on the canal I have to support it's heritage. I know it was a disaster in it's time but it holds so much history and the land is still there to be used, make something of it, it's an investment in your future in tourism.
As a kid who was raised on the canal I have to support it's heritage. I know it was a disaster in it's time but it holds so much history and the land is still there to be used, make something of it, it's an investment in your future in tourism. tom watson
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