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He has reported that their second meeting with HS2 Ltd was more positive than the first, although significant obstacles remain. CCT are going for planning permission for the whole remaining length to strengthen their case, and are also looking at digging out a minimum depth channel along the line of the railway to demonstrate an existing canal line. There will be submissions to the phase 2 consultation (due by 31/1/14) from the Trust, Partnership and all the relevant Local Authorities, all stressing the importance of the canal restoration to the local regeneration. HLF has already refused grants due to the blight inflicted by HS2.

The Ashby has two issues; firstly, there will need to be provision for the canal under HS2, and as the A42 is being realigned, a bridge under that too. Secondly, a proposed housing development at Measham is badly affected by HS2, and whilst this does not directly affect the canal restoration, this development was due to provide significant funding for the restoration of that section. If the development is no longer viable, that funding will be lost. The developer has submitted a planning application for the scheme, due for determination in October, to “draw a line in the sand”.

There are also concerns relating to the Barnsley Dearne & Dove Canals, but nothing very concrete to report. The Trust are trying to establish working groups with the local Councils, and are looking at various other options to strengthen their case.

The Hybrid Bill for phase 1 is due to go to Parliament in early December, with petitioning in spring 2014.

Update 12/9/13

Following the last IWA committee meeting, the IWA has undertaken to commission design work for an alternative alignment at Wood End Lock, Fradley. See ther_work_on_design_refinements_consultation

● I have been pursuing contacts with Great Heywood Marina and Pooley Fields moorings – not much to report yet.

● I have made contact with Nottingham Yacht Club, who are not directly affected, but who lie within about 200 yds of the proposed line. I advised them of some of the points to watch, in particular the need to ensure that noise screening on the embankment and viaduct is maintained as if the moorings were a residential property. They will be discussing it further in their committee but seemed to see it as a long- term event. I advised that they should start making their representations at an early stage.

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