Issue date: 24th September 2012
IWA's Chester & District Branch has been very involved with ensuring that a coherent strategy for the inland waterways features in the Chester One City Plan, which is headed up by Chester Renaissance.
Working in partnership with Canal & River Trust and Chester Canal Heritage Trust, the branch ensured that a key element of the plan now includes acknowledging the huge benefits that could result from linking the waterfront to the canal, to provide a vibrant area in a similar way to Stratford-upon-Avon. This plan should now be developed within three years and includes suggestions for a lock in the present weir on the Dee, and a half tide weir and lock downstream from the entrance to the sea lock, leading to the Shropshire Union Canal.
CRT has been commissioned by the Environment Agency to provide a study of Dee Lock and its use and IWA's Chester & District Branch will be part of a small team appointed to directly engage with Chester Renaissance and the Agency about the Waterways Strategy section of the One City Plan.
This work will link in with the improvement of the Shropshire Union Canal Corridor from Chester to Ellesmere Port which the Branch is also involved in.