|Picture in Stroud museum|
|One of plans for Brimscombe port|
It has certainly been clear for some time that the finances have not been stacking up well ...the drop in land values has meant that Brimscombe Port has become less viable...but the Leader seemed to suggest that there was no money left for beyond Capel Mill and indeed we maybe £1.7m short for even Capel Mill...this would be a huge huge blow and I find it shocking we have not known about this despite questions to the previous administration. Indeed we were assured by the previous Cabinet member that virtually all was well.
|Some of the many volunteers|
So what now? Is there an opportunity to still make this happen? Would the Lottery consider further grants....after all land values are difficult to forecast...or are there other reasons for the short fall? And what of additional funds from elsewhere? And are there other options re developing the canal? I'm optimistic that we will soon get some answers to questions and maybe there is still a way we can all pull together to make this exciting project still happen?
I can hardly believe it was 4 years ago the Council took the brave step to go-ahead with this project - you can see my discussion re project back in June 2008 and why I abstained, 'Canal vote; millstone or flagship' here.....it's vital it doesn't become a millstone.....
....anyway it is late now and I need some sleep....no doubt this topic will soon be again on this blog.....