Issue date: 3rd April 2013
Canal & River Trust’s application for a Heritage Lottery Fund grant for funds to restore Carpenters Road Lock on the Bow Back Rivers, and for associated heritage work around the Bow Back Rivers, has been turned down by the Lottery Fund. The Grant Officer advised that the project met all of the criteria and was sent to the Fund’s determining committee with a recommendation for approval. However, during this funding award period, submissions of over £9m were entered for which there was only £3m available, and which has gone on just three projects.
Whilst this news is disappointing, it is encouraging that HLF recognised the unique design of Carpenter’s Road Lock and the importance of highlighting the industrial and waterways heritage of the newly created Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. CRT is therefore discussing its next steps with HLF with a view to a possible re-submission later this year. The bid has the strong support of IWA.