Waterways form a significant part of our nation's infrastructure, and so their upkeep and conservation necessarily come at a price. However, a good quality, well-run restoration can justify investment by giving lasting and significant economic benefits back.
Stroud District Council was one of the first to fully capitalise on the economic benefit of a restoration project. In late 2008 they took on leadership of a Heritage Lottery funded project to restore a six-mile section of the Cotswold Canals. The decision was taken against a backdrop of recession and difficult financial and engineering challenges, but with huge community support.
Through the Phase 1A Stonehouse to Thrupp regeneration project, they have seen over £115m of private investment. This has transformed the area ...
After the success of Ebley Mill, Stroud District Council is keen to repeat it at a site further along the canal. The £3m infrastructure works at Brimscombe Port will provide 200 new houses, business units, community facilities and a canal marina in the Stroud Valley.