Leicestershire Branch

If any of our local membership come accross any local planning applications that may affect our waterways then can you please get in contact with a committee member. It will also help to have the planning reference if possible.

Limekiln Lock / Memory Lane

4th November 2019

We are in the process of talking to Phil Mulligan (CRT), about getting better access at Memory Warf to the City of Leicester. This may include a secure boaters service station with water and sanitation. The problem at the moment, is to sort out land rights and access etc. Our branch is now involved in trying to implement this project with CRT.

UPDATE - There will be residential mooring and visitor mooring provided, plus a new service station. Full details to follow when fully released.

We are also in the process of bringing back to life the Lime Kiln Lock plaque that was for the 1967 National IWA Rally held at this location. We are investigating at this time on how to proceed. The plaque was heavily drawn on and then painted over in red paint. This also included the lock name board.  

IWA AWARDS - Richard Bird Medal

Each year the IWA celebrates worthy individuals and hardworking Branches dedicated to improve our waterways. As a result the annual 2019 RICHARD BIRD medals were awarded to seven IWA members, one of which was Ian McDonald our ex chairman. He was awarded a medal for his long term commitment and devotion to the IWA. 

We at the branch also salute you Ian for all your hard work in the past years.


 Ian Receiving his Richard Bird award

Objection to new road over Oakham Canal 

In 2018, IWA Leicestershire Branch objected to proposals for the above works appear to make no provision for the Oakham Canal, and would, if implemented as proposed, effectively prevent the future restoration of the waterway. The proposal would also put a stop to the short-term plans for a walk/cycleway between Melton and Oakham along the line of the old waterway.

The prevention of the canal restoration completely fails to recognise the wellbeing benefits of our national waterways system to society, a fundamental aspect of the Canal and River Trust’s agenda, and completely fails to understand the potential economic benefits to the local business communities.

Leicester Waterside Regeneration

In 2015 we responded to an exciting 'once-in-a-generation' waterside regeneration opportunity in Leicester, to ensure that any development is done sensitively. IWA Leicestershire Branch submitted a 'constructively critical' response to the Waterside Supplementary Planning Document consultation.

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