Current consultations

From time to time the decisions we make can change the way you use the canal and river network. Where this happens we always try to get your input. Where it's a complex decision or has national interest, we will carry out a formal consultation. They don't happen all the time but if there are any underway you'll find them below.

Have your say on the Montgomery Canal

Thanks to a development grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, we're able to conduct an extensive consultation to develop ideas for community involvement based around the restoration of the Montgomery Canal.

The community activities are part of ambitious plans to restore the 200 year old Montgomery Canal. Planned improvements include the reopening of 2km of canal, reinstatement of a winding hole at Crickheath and towpath improvements between Welshpool and Llanymynech.

The project also aims to complete the enlargement of Aston Locks nature reserve, extending the conservation of important aquatic plants, restoring historic bridges and carrying out further studies to secure the full funding needed for the project.

Activities proposed include free to attend nature and wildlife walks and talks, school outreach projects, arts and musical festivals and performances, volunteering activities along the canal, community archaeology and many more ideas.

The consultation period will last until the end of March, and Montgomery Canal community development officer, Sylvia Edwards, is inviting everyone who is interested in waterways, heritage, wildlife and outdoor activities in general to fill in a five-minute online survey. Please ask members of your family and friends to complete the survey too.

Thank you for helping us make the Montgomery Canal a wonderful place for both people and wildlife.