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.

Gloucester & Sharpness Canal Bridges

We are consulting on our plans to use innovative technology to open bridges via remote control, either from an app on the boater’s smart-device or by a new Bridge Control Centre. We are talking to canal and road users to identify issues and ensure our plans work for everyone’s benefit.

You can find out much more on the G&S bridges page

We have already held focus group meetings with key stakeholders from highways and emergency services, local councillors and canal users to advise us of the main issues.  We also held drop-in sessions where we talked to around 80 people.

We are in the process of meeting people who have a specific use of a bridge such as Slimbridge Wetland Centre and local farmers. Local residents who rely on the road bridges have received a leaflet and we have emailed canal users and boating trade within a wide reach of the canal, along with their associations.  

The next step in the consultation is an open online survey from 1 to 30 June 2015 to give as many people as possible the chance to understand and comment on our plans. The link to the survey will be on the G&S bridges page which also has the email address for getting in touch with us.

Carpenters Road Lock consultation

Carpenters Road Lock lies in the heart of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East Newton's CottageLondon. It forms part of a fascinating six kilometre network of revitalised waterways known as the Bow Back Rivers.

The lock was the site for the exciting Newton’s Cottage art installation and a series of events in 2014.

The lock has not worked for over 40 years. In addition to controlling river flows, it’s a radial lock, one of only a few of its kind in the world.

The Canal & River Trust, supported by Heritage Lottery Fund and the Olympic Park is working to restore Carpenters Road Lock.

We’re developing ideas for volunteering, community activities and events to bring the heritage of the Bow Back Rivers to life for local people and visitors to enjoy.

This is your chance to have your say. By completing one or both of these short surveys you will help influence what happens next.

The closing date for this consultation is 5 June


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.