Project ‘important for the whole Vale’

A signpost at Cosgrove where the canal is already under restoration
A signpost at Cosgrove where the canal is already under restoration

DISTRICT councillor for Luffield Ward, Pearl Lewis, has said she is “very excited” a plan to restore part of the disused Buckingham canal has been approved.

Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) has now given planning permission for work on a stretch of the original canal at Bourton Meadow, near Home Farm, in Buckingham.

This means volunteers from the Buckingham Canal Society will be able to reline and re-water this section of the route – making it, in effect, a long lake.

Councillor Lewis said: “I’m delighted the society has been granted planning permission for the Buckingham end of the canal. This restored section will enhance the appeal of Buckingham as a beautiful place for walkers, historians and nature lovers. I hope people can spare a few hours this summer to volunteer with the society.”

The canal society has long wanted to reopen the Buckingham arm of the Grand Union Canal. The 211-year-old waterway from Cosgrove Lock to Buckingham originally ran for just under 11 miles and was used to transport bricks and coal before it closed down during the 1960s.

Both AVDC and South Northants Council pledged their support for the restoration project last year.

AVDC councillor for leisure, David Thompson, said: “We look forward to the reopening of this great canal. This is a very important project for Aylesbury Vale and Bucks as a whole.”