IWA Aid Unlocks HLF Grant for Caldon & Uttoxeter Canals28 September 2016
A historic bridge over the Uttoxeter Canal in rural Staffordshire has finally been restored thanks to a three-tiered package of assistance from IWA. The four-year project by Caldon & Uttoxeter Canals Trust 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 Caldon & Uttoxeter Canals Trust to draw up the specification of work needed for the bridge restoration, while volunteers from WRG 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 enable the final stage of the restoration of the bridge parapets, IWA devised a package with Caldon & Uttoxeter Canals Trust for a short-term loan finance arrangement, so Caldon & Uttoxeter Canals Trust could complete and pay for the work, thus unlocking a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, which will pay for the project retrospectively 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 our Trust. 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.”