A public meeting is being held in Oswestry to look at plans for the future of the Montgomery Canal restoration.
The event, to be opened by Steve Charmley, Deputy Leader of Shropshire Council, will look at:
• progress of the Restore the Montgomery Canal! appeal (supported by Timothy West and Prunella Scales) – more information is available at www.RestoreTheMontgomeryCanal.uk
• the new Waterways in Progress report (introduced by David Suchet) which highlights the economic, social and environmental benefits achieved while restoration is still continuing
• progress of the National Lottery Heritage Fund works on the Montgomery Canal including the new nature reserves at Aston Locks
• plans for the future.
The meeting will take place a couple of days after the popular Montgomery Canal Triathlon on Saturday 18 May, which sees participants walking along the towpath through Pant and Llanymynech, as well as completing sections by bike and canoe.
There will be an opportunity to discuss any issues concerning the future of the Montgomery Canal and what it can contribute to the area.
Currently, plans are being drawn up for Schoolhouse Bridge between Pant and Crickheath, and Shropshire Council is being very supportive. Funds are being collected and organisers say that the bridge could be replaced in a year or two, which would be a fantastic step forward, and could be the best news for the restoration in twenty years.
The Forum is a public meeting, open to anyone interested in the restoration and development of the Montgomery Canal for present and future generations, so all are welcome.
The Montgomery Canal Forum meeting takes place on Tuesday 21st May 2019 and will be held in Oswestry Memorial Hall, Smithfield St, Oswestry, SY11 2EG at 2.30pm. Parking is available in the Central Car Park opposite – easiest access into town is from Mile End A5/A483 roundabout.
The Montgomery Waterway Restoration Trust/Ymddiriedolaeth Adfer Camlas Maldwyn is a non-profit distributing company limited by guarantee and registered charity.