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News - June 2006

Newhouse Lock Officially Re-opened


Shropshire Union Canal Society are pleased to announce that work on Newhouse Lock on the Montgomery Canal was completed on schedule and was opened officially on 25th June 2006 by Lembit Opik, M.P., in conjunction with the Annual Montgomery Canal Dinghy Dawdle.




The importance of this opening is that the work will complete the restoration of all of the locks on the section of the canal owned by British Waterways and is the tenth lock to be restored by the Society.

In the year 2001, when the work was started it was estimated that the cost would be £104,000. This was to be funded by an Heritage Lottery Fund Grant of £50,000 with additional amounts from Powys County Council of £20,000 and an IWA Grant £10,000. There was an additional private contribution of £2000 from a Canal Society member. The balance of the cost was to be made up by a cash contribution of £20,000 from the Society to purchase the new gates and volunteer labour from the Society to the value of £12,500.

Unfortunately, soon after work started on the lock, it became evident that there were structural problems which had not been apparent when the first engineering inspection had been carried out. The costs were reappraised and a revised estimate of £250,000 was produced. This left a shortfall of £135,500 on the original estimate of which British Waterways agreed to contribute £65,000. The remainder of the costs have been found by increasing the amount of volunteer labour provided by the Society to far in excess of original expectations of both the Society and British Waterways.