Issue date: 28 March 2011
It is reported that Wotton-under-Edge Parish Council want to see the Cotswold Canal restoration postponed.
At the Annual Parish Assembly residents and town councillors voted to write to Stroud District Council to request the authority defer the £33 million canal restoration project, of which over £25 million is external funding, to put money back into communities hit by the cuts. The reasoning is a consensus at the meeting that the canal would not have any benefits for Wotton and the money would be better spent helping the town through the Government cuts.
However, a view expressed by others, including the District Council, is that the Stroudwater Canal project is regarded as a major restoration and regeneration project that will bring jobs and tourism to the whole district.