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Roderick Bluh has accepted our invitation to become Chairman of the Trust.
Friday, 15 May 2015 09:19

Roderick Bluh  appointed Chairman of the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust

The Wilts & Berks Canal Trust is delighted to announce the appointment of Roderick Bluh as its Chairman. The appointment was ratified at the meeting of the Trust’s directors.

The Trust has invited Roderick Bluh to become its Chairman because of his enthusiasm and support for the restoration of the canal, and his belief in the enormous potential benefits, both economic and social, it could bring to Swindon.

Kath Hatton, Vice-Chairman of the Trust, said:

“The Trust is thrilled that Roderick Bluh has accepted our invitation to become our Chairman.  He has long been a supporter of the restoration of the Wilts & Berks Canal, and we are looking forward to benefiting from his knowledge and experience.  His well-known skills of organisation and management will be invaluable to the Trust as we re-organise ourselves to manage the changes coming about.  The pace of the restoration is quickening, with more and bigger projects coming along, and we need to be ready for them.  In addition of course he has a deep knowledge of the town of Swindon, which the Trust sees as having the potential to become the hub of a southern canals network.”

Roderick Bluh recently stood down as a local councillor in Swindon, and previously he was Leader of the Council from 2006 to 2013.  He said:

“I am honoured to be asked by the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust to be their Chairman.  It is something that I see as being a huge asset for all communities along its route, and something which has the potential to bring economic, social and environmental benefits to the town of Swindon, as well as to our neighbouring counties of Wiltshire and Oxfordshire.  Of course, I know the plans for the canal in Swindon very well, but I am looking forward to learning about the plans for restoration all along the rest of the line, especially with major schemes like the Melksham Link now so imminent.  The major developments planned for the Wichelstowe area, and in the Eastern Villages, will give great opportunities to extend the canal, which will be a very considerable amenity for these new communities.”

Contact: Chris Coyle 07710 737166 or by EMail

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