As well as providing a huge boost to the restoration of the Cotswold Canals, and the associated health, leisure, community and benefits to the local economy of bringing waterways back to life, it is proposed that the scheme would be relatively cost effective for Thames Water.
Thames Water has published their response to the public consultation on their draft Water Resource Management Plan reported in our Bulletin earlier this year and have produced a revised draft.
Thames Water’s preferred solution to ease London’s water shortfall in the near term was the Teddington Direct River Abstraction scheme. This has now been abandoned, and a revised plan has been proposed, which also bypasses opportunities offered by using the waterways. The new plan is sufficiently different that it requires a further public consultation period, giving us another chance to make a difference.
We are supporting the initiative from Cotswold Canals Trust to use their network of waterways by providing national backing to the proposals and responding to the consultation.
Supporters are also encouraged to respond to the consultation. The deadline is Wednesday 28th November 2018. More information is available on the Cotswold Canals Trust website.
Photo-top: Capels Mill diversion on the Thames & Severn Canal opened in June 2013. Photo by Cotswold Canals Trust