21 March 2022

Work is starting on Selly Oak’s new turning area for boats.

The 3-month project was officially started by Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands. The new turning area will give boats access to the soon-to-be-restored Dudley No 2 Canal.

The new water feature section will complete the development of Whitehouse Wharf, part of the Selly Oak Shopping Centre. The area includes a bridge linking the new shops to Selly Oak town centre, the remains of a lime kiln and a new public square. The large water area will be for canoeists, paddleboarders, anglers and walkers, as well as boaters. It will also be large enough to be a convenient destination for trip boats to and from central Birmingham. The very pleasant 55 minutes journey along the Worcester & Birmingham Canal will take in a beautiful green corridor not yet seen by many residents.

Our Waterway Recovery Group volunteers helped to repair the canal walls. Canal Camp volunteers will return in August to build an accessible turn-over path in Selly Oak Park. IWA’s Technical Support Officer, Mikk Bradley, has been supporting Lapal Canal Trust by surveying and preparing drawings for the path.