Good support for Wendover Arm Trust

Nigel Williams, Publicity Director, WAT  |  Published: Nov 14th 2015
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As part of their proposed application for  Heritage Lottery Grant to speed up progress with the restoration of this canal, the Wendover Arm Trust co-hosted a Supporter's Meeting with the Canal & River Trust at Green Park Activity Centre, Aston Clinton on Tuesday evening, 3 November.

The Chairman of the meeting was John Dodwell, a Trustee of CRT, together with James Clifton and Richard Baker of CRT and WAT was respresented by the Chairman, Chris Sargeant and Restoration Director, Roger Leishman.

Approximately 75 members of the Public were in attendance and were greeted on arrival with a choice of sherry or soft drinks.  Following the Agenda questions were invited from the audience and many interested parties took the opportunity of asking a wide variety of questions relating to the restoration.  Over 70 letters of support have subsequently been received from individuals, clubs, societies and other interested parties.

To date all restoration work has been undertaken solely by volunteers (with the one exception of the re-building of Little Tring bridge) which was undertaken by contractors.  The Trust is anxious to speed up restoration in order that Phase 11 might be completed within a couple of years rather than seven or eight years if only voluntary labour is used.

The Trust is submitting the Stage 1 application to the Heritage Lottery Fund this month and the outcome is expected in March 2016.

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