Thousands of pounds granted to Lancaster Canal

Thousands of pounds granted to Lancaster Canal

Thousands of pounds granted to Lancaster Canal

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Money worries have been washed away as thousands of pounds was granted to preserve a vital part of Kendal’s history.


The Heritage Lottery Fund has gifted £7,000 towards maintaining the Lancaster Canal, which was instrumental in providing trade links for Kendal and Lancaster.


Some of the ‘Catalyst Grant’ will be used to take a survey to assess people’s attitudes towards the canal and find out what activities they want to take place there.

Claire Chapman, grants officer of the Lancaster Canal Trust, who spearheaded the application, said: "The Lancaster Canal is part of daily life for many people, as they use it to walk their dog or travel to work.

"The canal itself is over 200 years old though, and needs a lot of tender loving care, in particular the northern sections of the canal which boats can't access anymore.

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"This funding will help the Lancaster Canal Trust find out how local people would like to get involved in looking after the canal, and ensure that it’s still here for our great grandchildren to walk their dogs along too!"


Keith Tassart, work party supervisor, said: "This makes all the hard graft by my volunteers who have turned out all winter, wet or fine, worthwhile."


For more information on how to get involved with the Lancaster Canal Trust visit www.lancastercanaltrust.org.uk.

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1:34pm Sun 4 May 14

Kendal Jock says...

More money wasted on surveys! What I've gathered over the that years, is,
that the Canal Trust had £millions in the bank and, much of it has been lost
to various consultations and surveys. Most of the re-generation work has
apparently been done voluntary by canal enthusiasts. So, where has all the
money gone?
More money wasted on surveys! What I've gathered over the that years, is, that the Canal Trust had £millions in the bank and, much of it has been lost to various consultations and surveys. Most of the re-generation work has apparently been done voluntary by canal enthusiasts. So, where has all the money gone? Kendal Jock
  • Score: 8

2:01pm Sun 4 May 14

hogheaven says...

Kendal Jock wrote:
More money wasted on surveys! What I've gathered over the that years, is,
that the Canal Trust had £millions in the bank and, much of it has been lost
to various consultations and surveys. Most of the re-generation work has
apparently been done voluntary by canal enthusiasts. So, where has all the
money gone?
By Canal trust I presume you mean CRT Canal and River Trust newly formed and taking over from British waterways. They do indeed have millions in the bank, which is used to maintain the hundreds of miles of canals,bridges and locks. The amount given by the HLF is derisory, peanuts know if it was 7 million that would go a long way to moving forward on linking Kendal again
[quote][p][bold]Kendal Jock[/bold] wrote: More money wasted on surveys! What I've gathered over the that years, is, that the Canal Trust had £millions in the bank and, much of it has been lost to various consultations and surveys. Most of the re-generation work has apparently been done voluntary by canal enthusiasts. So, where has all the money gone?[/p][/quote]By Canal trust I presume you mean CRT Canal and River Trust newly formed and taking over from British waterways. They do indeed have millions in the bank, which is used to maintain the hundreds of miles of canals,bridges and locks. The amount given by the HLF is derisory, peanuts know if it was 7 million that would go a long way to moving forward on linking Kendal again hogheaven
  • Score: -1

2:48pm Sun 4 May 14

wezzyk says...

It will probably need more like £70 million to get a proper accessible canal back to Kendal.
It will probably need more like £70 million to get a proper accessible canal back to Kendal. wezzyk
  • Score: 9

12:52am Mon 5 May 14

life cycle too says...

This HLF money is being given to the LANCASTER CANALS TRUST, not the Canals and Rivers Trust.
As far as I am aware, the Lancaster Canal Trust has never been "well off" - but their members HAVE made a difference with their voluntary work.

In the 1990s SLDC spent £10,000 on a study, and numerous other amounts on projects to support the reinstatement of the canal.
There would be huge problems to overcome to bring vessels all the way to Kendal, but having seen the activity around marinas in Lancashire and abroad, I think it could be worth it as an asset for the future, providing that the businesses that benefit contribute to the cost, and it is not all put on South Lakeland tax payers.
This HLF money is being given to the LANCASTER CANALS TRUST, not the Canals and Rivers Trust. As far as I am aware, the Lancaster Canal Trust has never been "well off" - but their members HAVE made a difference with their voluntary work. In the 1990s SLDC spent £10,000 on a study, and numerous other amounts on projects to support the reinstatement of the canal. There would be huge problems to overcome to bring vessels all the way to Kendal, but having seen the activity around marinas in Lancashire and abroad, I think it could be worth it as an asset for the future, providing that the businesses that benefit contribute to the cost, and it is not all put on South Lakeland tax payers. life cycle too
  • Score: 2

6:34am Mon 5 May 14

Grumpyoldbiker says...

Canals have played a significant part in the increase in tourism in other parts of the country. Only one slight problem with re-instating the canal between Lancaster and Kendal. The M6. Under it or over it?
Canals have played a significant part in the increase in tourism in other parts of the country. Only one slight problem with re-instating the canal between Lancaster and Kendal. The M6. Under it or over it? Grumpyoldbiker
  • Score: 3

12:53pm Mon 5 May 14

tom watson says...

I grew up by the canal, fished in it, sailed on it and enjoyed it in my youth. I believe the restoration of the canal would be an investment in the future of the region. Money spent wisely on the canal will reap rewards in the future and add greatly to the tourism in the South of Cumbria, Kendal and below.
I grew up by the canal, fished in it, sailed on it and enjoyed it in my youth. I believe the restoration of the canal would be an investment in the future of the region. Money spent wisely on the canal will reap rewards in the future and add greatly to the tourism in the South of Cumbria, Kendal and below. tom watson
  • Score: 1

2:07pm Mon 5 May 14

boris plasticmac says...

Bearing in mind the cost of restoring the canal is about the same as the Northern Relief Road I think I'll have the road but I suspect I won't get either.
Bearing in mind the cost of restoring the canal is about the same as the Northern Relief Road I think I'll have the road but I suspect I won't get either. boris plasticmac
  • Score: 0

8:14pm Wed 7 May 14

jazzactivist says...

£7000 is probably only enough for a survey, and the lancaster Canal Trust will have to fundraise again to do the next aspect of the work. I don't see why the Bagotts of Levens Hall can't be expected to fund a large portion of the work to restore the canal. The Upper Reaches go through their land, and it is shocking that it is in an un-passable state.

Instead of all the upheaval and cost necessary to reopen the final bit of the canal into Kendal, why not build a nice marina / canal basin turning area on their land just before the canal route disappears under the dual carriageway, and have a shuttle bus link for the short distance into Kendal. A Park and Ride could even be there too, and a canal side walk / cycleway. It would create an attractive and useful hub in an area that is between the M6 and A590, and is often just unused, flooded fields. I don't understand the obsession with taking the canal right into Kendal itself if it is going to be so difficult to achieve.
£7000 is probably only enough for a survey, and the lancaster Canal Trust will have to fundraise again to do the next aspect of the work. I don't see why the Bagotts of Levens Hall can't be expected to fund a large portion of the work to restore the canal. The Upper Reaches go through their land, and it is shocking that it is in an un-passable state. Instead of all the upheaval and cost necessary to reopen the final bit of the canal into Kendal, why not build a nice marina / canal basin turning area on their land just before the canal route disappears under the dual carriageway, and have a shuttle bus link for the short distance into Kendal. A Park and Ride could even be there too, and a canal side walk / cycleway. It would create an attractive and useful hub in an area that is between the M6 and A590, and is often just unused, flooded fields. I don't understand the obsession with taking the canal right into Kendal itself if it is going to be so difficult to achieve. jazzactivist
  • Score: 0

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