Issue date: 18th June 2013
A formal presentation was made by former directors of the Severn Navigation Restoration Trust to IWA National Chairman Les Etheridge at the Shrewsbury River Festival on 9th June 2013 in the presence of the Mayor and Mayoress of Shrewsbury Cllr. Jon and Mrs Diane Tandy.
The Severn Navigation Restoration Trust was wound up last year and handed over its resources, archives and more than £3,000 to IWA. Final Trust chairman David Struckett was accompanied by former directors Christine Wilkinson, Arthur Pagett and Susan Wilding.
David Struckett summarized the 30-year long campaign to restore navigation to Shrewsbury as being thwarted by difficulties. But he said: "Although the Trust had not built a navigation it had learnt a lot about river conditions during ever-increasing abstraction rates, changing river authorities, and changes in emphasis regarding the requirements of fish, controlling water-levels in all conditions from flood to low-flow and hydro generation.”
He added: "The archives we've built up show how we can do things in an environmentally sensitive manner. We believe in solving all the problems, preferably, without having to limit the benefits. What we've learnt has been passed to IWA so that other rivers can benefit as well as the River Severn."
Mr Struckett handed a cheque for £3142.30 to the Mayor of Shrewsbury who, in turn, presented it to IWA national chairman Les Etheridge.
The Shrewsbury River Festival, with a pirate theme this year, was staged by Shrewsbury and Shropshire Waterways & Leisure Group in the Quarry park and on the River Severn town loop. Dozens of children flocked to the IWA Shrewsbury District & North Wales Branch stand for the chance to make foghorns and pirate headbands while adults took the opportunity to watch canal videos and talk to experienced waterway users about holidays, day trips and restoration work camps.
A video of the presentation is now available to view on YouTube
Photo: L-R Les Etheridge, Shrewsbury Mayoress Mrs Diane Tandy and Mayor Cllr Jon Tandy, David Struckett, Christine Wilkinson and Arthur Pagett. Photo by Alan Wilding.