PRESS RELEASE: Waterways Campaigner Receives National Award

Issue date: 21st November 2016

A local waterways campaigner from South Wales has won an award from The Inland Waterways Association, a national charity, as the person who has made the most significant contribution to the restoration of inland waterways in the last year.

Richard Dommett MBE, Regeneration Manager for the Monmouthshire, Brecon and Abergavenny Canals Trust for the past fifteen years, received IWA’s Christopher Power Prize at a ceremony held on Friday 11th November at the Waterworks Project in Cwmbran.  The award comes with a £1000 donation to the Trust.

The event to celebrate Richard’s achievements was organised by The Inland Waterways Association, Monmouthshire, Brecon and Abergavenny Canals Trust, and Torfaen County Borough Council.

Richard’s work has included the development of the Waterworks project in Cwmbran where he is site manager. This Heritage Lottery-funded project engages community volunteers to restore a one-mile disused section of the Monmouthshire Canal at Ty Coch, including a flight of 8 derelict locks and listed bridges.

Richard has played a leading role in campaigning and fund raising at both a local and national level and has dedicated over 15 years since retirement from British Waterways to canal restoration as a volunteer. Most recently he has focused his attention on the regeneration of the disused southern section of the Monmouthshire Canal, co-ordinating major schemes between Newport and Cwmbran, and developing community engagement and volunteering on the waterway. His prototype steel lock gate, developed in conjunction with Swansea University, is being piloted at the current time and has the potential to make canals cheaper to maintain and easier to restore.

At the ceremony Richard Dommett said:  "It is an honour to receive this award on behalf of all the community members I have worked with, assisted and guided through canal restoration projects over the last 45 years.  It must be remembered that one person alone cannot deliver such a special project or restore a canal - I have always believed in a partnership approach, engaging with other volunteers and members of the canalside communities who have a passion to deliver a successful restoration project."

 
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Photographs

Richard Dommett MBE, 4th from left, receiving the award in the presence of Lord German OBE, President of the Monmouthshire, Brecon and Abergavenny Canals Trust, and recently announced as IWA’s Parliamentarian of the Year.

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

The Inland Waterways Association

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.

Richard Dommett MBE, 4th from left, receiving the award in the presence of Lord German OBE, President of the Monmouthshire, Brecon and Abergavenny Canals Trust, and recently announced as IWA’s Parliamentarian of the Year.

Higher resolution versions and alternative images available on request.