From The Trustees
Not Many People Know That!!
Caine likes to use the phrase “Not
many people know that” – so how
many of you know
Stroud valleys became rich and prosperous because they had access to
water power, to raw materials and to good transport routes to export
local products. The canal played a vital role in those times past,
and its restoration and future use holds the potential to bring
further benefits to the town and its surrounding area. Judging by
local opinion polls and the growing membership of the Cotswold Canals
Trust (CCT) which, with a membership of over 7000, is already the
largest canal society in the UK by a factor of two, there are a huge
number of people who support the restoration work.
are plans for the generation of “green” electricity via a
hydro-electric scheme at Dudbridge Locks and the availability of
moorings close to Stroud should encourage local trade. The restored
tow-paths now offer safe routes for cyclists and good opportunities
for walkers to enjoy a waterside stroll! But the biggest, wider
benefit may well come from using the canal system, which links the
river Severn with the river Thames, for the transport of water, from
west to east! The utility company, Thames Water, is currently
interested in this possibility which could lead to the rapid
restoration of the entire canal system from Saul to Lechlade.
are now many visible signs that local restoration is well underway.
The work is being carried out under the Stroud District Council.
The Stroud Valley Canal Company (SVCC) will be responsible for
operating and maintaining the canal following restoration. The
Heritage Lottery Fund, The Homes and Community Association (formerly
the South-West Regional Development Agency) and Stroud D.C are
providing the bulk of the finance. But without the efforts of many
volunteers working under the guidance of the CCT, progress and
completion would be impossible. The CCT operates excellent
information centres at Wallbridge, in the centre of Stroud, and at
Saul Junction. They offer a warm welcome to visitors and they are
always ready to recruit more members.
Trustees, who hold 60% of the Company's shares, meet regularly with
the Directors of the Company of Proprietors who are currently working
to develop a strategy for the future operation and development of the
canal. The Chairman of the Trustees is Jolyon Gardiner who can be
contacted via the Clerk (see below).