Issue date: 22nd May 2012
Aylesbury Vale District Council has given planning permission for work on a stretch of the original canal at Bourton Meadow, near Home Farm. The approval means The Buckingham Canal Society will be able to reline and re-water this section of the route.
BCS has been campaigning to reopen the waterway for a number of years, outlining the environmental and economic benefits it will bring to the area.
The 211-year-old waterway from Cosgrove Lock to Buckingham originally ran for a total of just under 11 miles (17.7km), and was used to transport bricks and coal before it closed down during the 1960s. Much of the canal is now dry and parts have been built over.
BCS has been carrying out work for several years with a view to getting boaters back on the canal. They are currently working on sections at the nature reserve near Hyde Lane reservoir, Cosgrove, Little Hill Farm near Thornton College and the section at Bourton Meadow.
The society has been developing partnerships with landowners, local authorities and other organisations. In 2011 both AVDC and South Northamptonshire Council pledged their support for the restoration project and approved partnership agreements with the BCS. Additional partnerships also exist with British Waterways, Buckinghamshire County Council and Buckingham Town Council.
More information about the Buckingham Canal and plans for its restoration are available from the Buckingham Canal Society website