Four canals benefit from £200,000 legacy

Walbut Lock, Pocklington Canal

Walbut Lock, Pocklington Canal - Credit: Archant

Legacy left to Inland Waterways Association by former honorary engineer Tony Harrison benefits four canals in particular

Four canal restoration projects are to benefit from funding grants from a £200,000 legacy left to the Inland Waterways Association by its former honorary engineer Tony Harrison – resulting in six more miles of waterway open to boats.

The successful projects are:

- The Pocklington canal, with the largest grant of over £100,000 going towards the Pocklington Canal Amenity Society’s £250,000 appeal to open two miles of canal and two locks including Walbut Lock (pictured).

- The Cromford Canal, where a new water control sluice (reflecting Tony Harrison’s career in water engineering) will improve supplies to the top length of the canal, where the Friends of the Cromford Canal’s trip-boat operates.

- The Montgomery Canal, which will benefit from a grant towards rebuilding the last remaining road blockage between the current limit of navigation near Maesbury and the Welsh border.

- The Suffolk River Stour, whose last remaining unnavigable but restorable lock will receive the set of new gates that it needs in order to open up two more miles of river.

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Announcing the awards at the Association’s national restoration workshop conference in Wolverhampton, IWA National Chairman Les Etheridge said that the winners “reflect the wide range of interests held by Tony such as restoration, engineering standards, boating, hydraulics and economics.”