VISIT OF THE HIGH SHERIFF OF SHROPSHIRE TO NEWPORT
The High Sheriff of Shropshire, Charles Lillis and his wife, Veronica, visited Newport today. The visit was hosted by Newport Town Mayor, Cllr Lyn Fowler, who was kind enough to invite me too, as the High Sheriff wanted to know more about the Newport Canal and the work our Trust has been doing to restore it.
Here is a photo of (from L to R) Cllr Tim Nelson, myself, Veronica Lillis, the High Sheriff and Cllr Lyn Fowler, Mayor of Newport at Meretown Lock, looking west to the Wrekin in the distance. From here we went to the Black Shed and walked along the re-surfaced towpath to Tickethouse Lock.
The High Sheriff showed great interest in and enthusiasm for the canal’s restoration and complimented the Trust volunteers on their efforts.
Local Plan adopted by Council
The Telford and Wrekin Local Plan was officially adopted by the Council on 11 January 2018. You can see the plan at www.telford.gov.uk/localplan.
The Inspector, Mr Michael Hetherington, at the Examination of the Local Plan, proposed that the following wording should be included: "The Council will safeguard the alignment of the Shrewsbury and Newport Canals (as shown on the Policies Plan) with a view to their long-term re-establishment as navigable waterways by:
i. Not supporting development likely to destroy the canal alignment or its associated structures
ii. Ensuring that when the canal is affected by development the alignment is protected or an alternative alignment provided.”
Bernie Jones spoke with Colin Morris, a Ranger with the National Trust at Attingham Park on Saturday, 13th January 2018. He is responsible for clearing scrub and trees from the Berwick Wharf and the walls of the bridge. As you can see from the photographs, our canal is still very much there and is in water! Colin told him that he plans further clearance of both banks in the near future. Indeed, it may be possible for our volunteers to work with his team on the section that passes through NT land.