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Funding Success for Pocklington Canal

The Waterways Partnership is delighted to share some excellent news. Read on to find out why congratulations are in order for Pocklington Canal Amenity Society.... 

The Pocklington Canal Amenity Society (PCAS) has been notified that it is to receive an award of £106,400 towards its Bicentenary Project. The award will come from the Inland Waterways Association which was charged with distributing a legacy it had received from the late Tony Harrison. The legacy, which amounted to £200,000, has been divided between four canal restoration schemes, with the PCAS Bicentenary Project receiving just over half the available amount.

The Bicentenary Project, which is currently underway, will see the navigable length of the Pocklington Canal extended by two miles. This will involve bringing Thornton and Walbut Locks back into use, providing landing stages and undertaking some dredging. The scheme is due to be completed by May 2018, which will be the Bicentenary of the opening the canal.

The Pocklington scheme was one of 28 applications submitted to benefit from the Tony Harrison Legacy. Paul Waddington, Chairman of the Pocklington Canal Amenity Society, welcomed the award, saying that it was a major boost to the Bicentenary Project, and to the longer term aim of restoring the whole of the Pocklington Canal. He added that the success of the application was largely due to the scheme extending the nation’s navigable waterways by two miles.

This partnership project complements a Heritage Lottery-funded project called ' A Gem in the Landscape', which is led by the Canal and River Trust. This three-year project is focusing on wildlife conservation, heritage conservation work, volunteering and improvements, all of which will the benefit of visitors and user of the canal.

For more information, please visit the PCAS website: 

Website: Pocklington Canal Amenity Society website (external website)

Photo: The restoration of Thornton Lock, courtesy of Alistair Anderson


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Thornton Lock Restoration
Thornton Lock Restoration, courtesy of Alistair Anderson