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The Melksham Link project - how you can help us get planning permission
Thursday, 12 May 2016 16:21

three speech bubbles showing Have your say!Dear Supporters,

Our aim is to see the construction of the Melksham Link to create a new waterway and towpath for the Wilts and Berks Canal between the Kennet and Avon Canal and the River Avon at Melksham. 

The plans are now currently out for consultation with a closing date of 17th May 2016.

In 2012 we asked supporters to comment on the original proposal, and we are now asking you to comment further on this planning proposal which has a new Environmental Statement, prepared by the Trust, which confirms the feasibility and benefits of the project

How can you help?

You can help us by responding, as an individual, to the online consultation of planning application W/12/01080/FUL on the Wiltshire Council website.

The more responses Wiltshire Council receives on this subject, the more likely they are to consider supporting this planning proposal.

Please respond with your individual comments of support by using the web site consultation form on the website link: http://bit.ly/1y4sn3Y
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Or by post to: Development Management, Wiltshire Council, County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge, Wiltshire BA14 8JN

What do you need to say?

You need to use your own words but we would like to suggest the following bullet points that you might want to select from:
• Major boost for tourist trade in Melksham, and will bring increased prosperity to the Town.
• Catalyst for Avon riverside developments to transform the landscape of the north bank through the Town from industrial to leisure.
• New towpath enabling walkers and cyclists to get from the K&A to Melksham and beyond, with benefits from sustainable transport as well as health and well-being benefits.
• Distinctive and vibrant identity created for Berryfield with the new canal, lock and towpath.
• New wildlife corridor from the K&A to the river, creating wonderful new habitats with major biodiversity benefits.
• Major step in opening up the W&B canal to create new cruising rings, which will bring economic and recreational benefits to many communities throughout Wiltshire.
• Hydro-electric scheme will be the first significant renewable energy supply into the Town.
• The additional detail contained in the new Environmental Statement confirms the feasibility and benefits of the project.

The last point is particularly important as it relates to the new report the Trust has submitted.

I know it comes very soon after the NEV consultation response, when many of you helped in the same way. I do urge you to do so again with this consultation. Together we can achieve our goal of restoring the canal, and this is an important way that you can help.

Thank you for your help in this very important aspect of the work of the Trust.

Jonathan Till
Chief Executive Officer, Wilts & Berks canal Trust
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