29 Jun 2011
Vote for two canal schemes today
Update: We were runner up but still got the money - so thanks to all who voted!
The Connections project has requested funding of £55,900 to create a canal side footpath connecting the town and the surrounding national and regional paths. The route will be signposted by traditional mile markers and podcast recordings made by the community that capture the spirit of the district through stories about its past and their vision for its future. Great stuff! Good luck to this project. More information can be found and messages of support left on the project page http://www.peoplesmillions.org.uk/2011-finalists/west/stroud-canals-connections
Hydro project needs support
The Cotswolds Canal Trust wants your help. See details here: http://www.energyshare.com/dudbridge-locks-hydro/
This project is apparently separate from any proposed schemes at Ebley Mill or Kimmins Mill - both of which are also on the River Frome - this scheme aims to use flow in the canal. The Trust want a grant and then when built it will take 'Fits' to provide income for canal maintenance. It is important to recognise this is not the best site for a hydro scheme but it would be able to demonstrate possibilities for hydro in the Five Valleys. There is considerable potential for more use of small scale hydro and it is frustrating that not more projects are moving ahead.