PRESS RELEASE: IWA Adds Ways to Help for Restoration Projects

Aid unlocks HLF grant for Caldon & Uttoxeter Canals
Issue date: 5th October 2016

A historic bridge over the Uttoxeter Canal in rural Staffordshire has finally been restored thanks to a three-tiered package of assistance from The Inland Waterways Association. The four-year project by Caldon & Uttoxeter Canals Trust (CUCT) to restore Bridge 70 near Denstone had hit a temporary cash flow problem until IWA stepped in with short-term aid in addition to its earlier help with engineering consultancy and skilled volunteer labour.

IWA’s honorary engineers worked with CUCT to draw up the specification of work needed for the bridge restoration, while volunteers from Waterway Recovery Group mounted four canal camps to manage the encroaching woodland around the bridge, repoint the stonework, install drains and a waterproof membrane, and relay the top surface.

To fund the final stage of the restoration IWA worked with CUCT to devise a short-term finance package, enabling CUCT to complete the work and unlock a retrospective grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, which paid for the project as part of the Churnet Valley Living Landscape Partnership scheme.

IWA National Chairman Les Etheridge said: “We always tell societies to come and talk to us if they have a problem as we may well be able to help. The success of this arrangement for Caldon & Uttoxeter Canals Trust is an example of IWA’s ability to help restoration projects in innovative ways.”

Deputy Chairman of Caldon & Uttoxeter Canals Trust, Julie Arnold, said “We are extremely grateful to IWA for this facility. It truly ‘Bridges Funding Gaps’ allowing more external funding to be accessed by a small canal charity such as CUCT. This project demonstrates the unique way that IWA is able to work in partnership to deliver waterway restoration through expert advice, practical volunteering and unlocking grant funding.”

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Photographs

  1. IWA National Treasurer, Gordon Harrower, meets representatives from the Caldon & Uttoxeter Canals Trust on the day the loan was transferred.  Photo by Alison Smedley
  2. Bridge 70, Uttoxeter Canal, following completion of the stonework enabled by the loan from IWA.  Photo by Alison Smedley

Higher resolution versions and alternative images available on request.

Press Contact

For further information please contact Alison Smedley, Press Office, The Inland Waterways Association, by emailing alison.smedley@waterways.org.uk or phoning 07779 090915.

Notes for Editors

IWA is The Inland Waterways Association, a membership charity that works to protect and restore the country's 6,500 miles of canals and rivers.  IWA is a national organisation with a network of volunteers and branches who deploy their expertise and knowledge to work constructively with navigation authorities, government and other organisations.  The Association also provides practical and technical support to restoration projects through its expert Waterway Recovery Group.
IWA - Keeping our waterways alive.
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IWA National Treasurer, Gordon Harrower, meets representatives from the Caldon & Uttoxeter Canals Trust on the day the loan was transferred.  Photo by Alison Smedley

Bridge 70, Uttoxeter Canal, following completion of the stonework enabled by the loan from IWA.  Photo by Alison Smedley

Higher resolution versions and alternative images available on request.