Piling in to help Lichfield canal restoration

Published on: Wed, 29/04/2020 - 11:30

Piling in to help Lichfield canal restoration

Lichfield and Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust has launched a new appeal to raise money for materials needed to make progress with a new section of the diverted route.

The installation in December of a bridge carrying the Cross-City railway line over the route of the planned Lichfield Southern Bypass extension brought forward plans to build a tunnel under the line for the Lichfield Canal.

In January, Staffordshire County Council transferred ownership to LHCRT of land alongside Falkland Road which will accommodate a diversion of the canal, replacing the original route past Sandfields Waterworks.

This will join the Fosseway Heath section with a culvert already installed under the Birmingham Road roundabout, just in front of the railway bridge and canal tunnel site.

A bank is being built alongside Falkland Road, which will be supported by steel sheet piling, a well-proven long-term solution to water-containment.

The bank will not only hold water in the canal but will also provide an extension to the popular Heritage Towpath Trail which runs alongside the canal at Fosseway Heath, as well as on the Tamworth Road section.

The first £5,000 of an expected total of over £20,000 has already been delivered, and now, while other sources of revenue have dried up because of the coronavirus lockdown, the Trust is offering a rare opportunity for supporters to be publicly recognised by means of a brief inscription embossed onto a metal tag permanently attached to the sponsored pile eg a personal name, a pet or a club group.

A similar appeal launched by the Trust 20 years ago funded the fitting of 400 piles on the Darnford section.

For more information, and to donate, see the Trust's Piling Appeal Page at https://www.lhcrt.org.uk/2020piling.html, or on the online shop page at https://lhcrt.org.uk/shop/home/62-piling-appeal.html.

Forms are also included in the latest issue of the Trust's magazine Cut Both Ways.