Moving Closer for Bedford & Milton Keynes Waterway

19th November 2012

Some 100 delegates from councils, businesses, education and community groups gathered at the Open University for the third annual partnership conference of the B&MK Waterway Trust on 2nd November 2012.

Councillor Morris said she was delighted that Milton Keynes Council continued to support and be committed to the waterway project, and that this continued in the Council’s core strategy. She looked forward to things beginning to appear.

The Milton Keynes Waterway Park Steering Group, and Bedford Borough Council, said they are looking at about 11 km from the Grand Union to the M1. They advised that in the context of Milton Keynes expansion, opportunities for the waterway would be safeguarded. The Council had also ensured planning permission was in place for next five years.

An order is to be placed for the building of a 60 plus seat trip boat, which the B&MK Trust will operate initially on the River Great Ouse in Bedford on behalf of community groups, schools and colleges, businesses and individuals. The full cost will be just under £138,000, most of which has been raised. More donations will be needed to cover the last costs of getting the boat operation up and running. More than 70 people have volunteered to become involved in various ways.

The B&MK had always enjoyed the support of the former British Waterways and CRT confirmed that they would continue to work closely.

Photo by B&MK Waterway Trust.