One of Staffordshire’s lost waterways has been given a helping hand by The Inland Waterways Association (IWA) with a grant of £5,000 to the Caldon and Uttoxeter Canals Trust towards a feasibility study into the restoration of the Uttoxeter Canal. The study will investigate how to restore the canal between Froghall and Uttoxeter, which although closed as long ago as 1849 is considered restorable by many waterways experts.
In making the grant, IWA Restoration Commitee chairman Vaughan Welch said:
“This is one of many grants that IWA makes to similar organisations during the year to enable planning and scoping works to take place to help unlock funding for restoration. In making this award, IWA was conscious of the Trust’s public awareness and political lobbying campaign which has to date successfully engaged and got the interest of the various local authorities, to the extent that restoration of the Uttoxeter Canal is ‘pencilled’ into their Local Development Framework processes and on their regeneration agendas, and the authorities are now pressing for a feasibility study in order that the restoration scheme can be formally recognised.”