At our public meeting on 16 October, IWA Lichfield Branch Chairman Phil Sharpe presented a cheque for £200 to John Potter, work party organiser for Stafford Riverway Link. John had updated members on recent progress with the project to restore the link into Stafford from the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal at Baswich. This includes a recent aerial survey, being granted a long term lease on the site of the basin by helpful landowners, and discussions with CRT engineers about plans to connect it back to the canal.
Work on the first phase of reconstructing the basin walls was on display at two Open Days held in early September. Impressive progress has been made by a small but dedicated team of volunteers, and the donation will go towards materials needed to continue building the walls on the other side of the basin. Ultimately, a lock will connect the basin down into the River Sow which will once again be made navigable for just over a mile into Stafford town centre.