In partnership to promote the restoration and development of the Montgomery Canal in England and Wales.

Montgomery Canal Forum  -  The Opportunities of Restoration

Tuesday 12th July 2011

The theme for this year’s Montgomery Canal Forum will be - The Opportunities of Restoration..

The Forum is organised by Montgomery Waterway Restoration Trust.  The Trust was formed in 1980 to bring together the public and voluntary organisations interested in the future of the Montgomery Canal.

The Forum will be held at The Guildhall, Welsh Bridge, Shrewsbury at 2.30pm on Tuesday 12th July 2011 and will be addressed by Simon Papprill, Principal Regeneration Officer, Oldham Council, and Alex Ball, British Waterways’ newly-appointed Montgomery Canal Development Manager. 

Trust Chairman Michael Limbrey said.  “The Forum will be an opportunity to review the wide range of benefits of the restoration, based on the experience of other restorations”. 

 Simon Papprill from Oldham Council will tell us of the benefits of the restoration of the Rochdale and Huddersfield Narrow Canals.  Like the Montgomery, these canals lost their commercial boating traffic in the years before the Second World War; restoration involved tackling many road crossings and other obstructions, and in the case of the Rochdale Canal, special care had to be taken of Floating Water Plantain, a protected species also found in the Montgomery Canal.  Though the restored canals have limited boating use, they bring many benefits to their area. 

 Our second speaker, Alex Ball, has worked on a number of waterway projects and since coming to the Montgomery Canal earlier this year has been developing bids for funding the next steps in the restoration.  She will tell us of the opportunities to develop restoration on both sides of the border.

 The final part of our meeting will be an open discussion of general matters relating to the canal and its restoration.  There are many topics to consider, including the work of volunteers and plans for the future, opportunities for commercial development, and what the restored canal can contribute to this area, in regeneration and as an amenity for residents and visitors.

The Forum is a public meeting open to anyone interested in the Montgomery Canal.



Michael Limbrey, Chairman, Montgomery Waterway Restoration Trust

Greenfields, Weston Lane, Oswestry.

Tel: (day) 01743 350571; (home) 01691 654081

Notes :

The Montgomery Canal runs from Frankton Junction near Ellesmere, through Welshpool to Newtown. It was closed after a burst bank in 1936. Restoration started in 1969 and since then hundreds of volunteers of Shropshire Union Canal Society and the Inland Waterways Association s Waterway Recovery Group have spent thousands of days working to restore locks, bridges and weirs on the canal.

This year volunteers are working on the length from Redwith Bridge on the B4396 to Crickheath Wharf.

The Montgomery Waterway Restoration Trust - a registered charity - was formed in 1980 to promote the restoration of the canal. Members include Shropshire Council, Powys County Council, Shropshire and Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trusts, the Inland Waterways Association, Waterway Recovery Group and Shropshire Union Canal Society. The Friends of the Montgomery Canal is the membership section of the Trust.

The Montgomery Waterway Restoration Trust is part of the Montgomery Canal Partnership which includes British Waterways (who own the canal), Shropshire Council, Powys County Council, Shropshire and Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trusts, Countryside Council for Wales, Natural England, English Heritage, Cadw, the Inland Waterways Association and Shropshire Union Canal Society.

Montgomery Waterway Restoration Trust:

Vice-Presidents: Philip Bradbourn OBE MEP,  Lord Carlile of Berriew QC,  Glyn Davies MP,  Liz Lynne MEP,  Lembit Öpik,  Owen Paterson MP,  David Wain OBE,  Timothy West,  Prunella Scales.

A non-profit distributing company limited by guarantee. Registered in England and Wales No. 1508017.

Registered as a Charity No. 510448. Registered Office: 4 Claremont Bank, Shrewsbury SY1 1RS



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