The Herefordshire and Gloucestershire Canal Trust has purchased part of the River Severn at Gloucester for the sum of £150.000. The reasoning behind this historic move is to ensure that the Trust will have access to the rest of the waterway network once their lock at Over is open once more.
The purchase includes the old and currently disused Llanthony Lock and the houses alongside. Chairman of the Canal Trust, Janet Moult, said they were looking at the purchase as an investment for the future. Future work will involve getting Llanthony Lock into working order again. With the new Gloucester Quays Development nearby this area will be “a shop window for the canal within the city of Gloucester”.
The Herefordshire and Gloucestershire Canal Trust celebrates its silver jubilee this year and has a number of events planned along the 34 mile length of canal which is currently undergoing restoration.