The UK Budget (27 October 2021) saw the Chancellor announce that £16million of Levelling Up funding has been approved towards the restoration of Montgomery Canal.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer announced in his budget speech that Powys County Council’s Levelling Up Fund bid, supported by the Canal & River Trust, has been successful.
This will see close to £16m worth of investment granted by the UK Government to fund works that would restore the Montgomery Canal. The approved funding will specifically focus on progressing the restoration of navigation to a 4.4-mile section from the Wales-England border at Llanymynech to Arddleen.
Michael Limbrey of the Montgomery Waterways Restoration Trust (MWRT) said: “The new funding is a great boost to the restoration. For many years the Friends of the Montgomery Canal and the MWRT have worked with other volunteer groups to promote the benefits the restored canal can bring to mid-Wales and this announcement brings closer the dream of restoring the link from the isolated section of canal in Welshpool to thousands of miles of waterway across the main network of England and Wales.
“The funding will remove some of the obstructions to that link and will create important major new nature reserves for the canal’s special flora and fauna. We know that the revived canal will benefit residents and visitors who will be able to appreciate the canal’s unique built and natural heritage and the recreation and health-giving of this borderland canal route.
“Our members and other Montgomery Canal supporters across the country will be grateful to Powys County Council and Canal & River Trust for their work in the speedy preparation of the bid and to Craig Williams who has championed it tirelessly.”