HS2 affects the Ashby Canal Restoration

 HS2 is crossing a proposed new housing development that incorporates restoration of a section of Ashby Canal.

The proposed development of the housing and incorporated canal restoration is supported by ACT members including Ashby Canal Association, Leicestershire County Council and North West Leicestershire District Council. The proposed route of the HS2 link from Birmingham to Leeds threatens to blight the housing development and lose funding for 1100 metres of canal reinstatement through Measham.  

The Ashby Canal needs your support now before it is too late to influence the final line of HS2.

You can submit any comments you have directly to HS2 using this link    before 31 January 2014,  but better to make them  as soon as possible

Pplease look at the web link above, which   acts as a source of further information before you respond with your comments.

Moira Canal Festival 2014 is on 17,18 May, at Moira Furnace, DE12 6AT

For a look at the video of previous festivals

Click here for video

See MOIRA FESTIVAL Festival tab for update on  the 2014 event.

The Ashby Canal

The Ashby Canal was completed in 1804. Running from Bedworth, on the Coventry Canal to Moira, near Ashby de la Zouch, it suffered from mining subsidence during the first half of the 20th century, and was progressively closed to the current terminus at Snarestone in 1966. The Ashby Canal Trust was formed to promote the restoration of the Ashby Canal from Snarestone to Moira, bringing together the various authorities and organisations with an interest in the canal. It comprises a Board of Directors with associated administrative assistance, and supports work parties, contributes to the ongoing restoration of the Snarestone to Measham length, and promotes the Moira Canal Festival.

In 2010, the first length  of restored canal was opened at Snarestone, including a swingbridge and slipway.  A further short length has been completed and funding is being sought to enable this phase of the works to continue to Ilott Wharf, some 3/4 mile distant.


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17,18,May 2014. See Moira Festival tab as the 2014 festival is put together.