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Slough Comes to Swindon Sept 2008
Saturday, 27 September 2008 00:00

Our fame is spreading far and wide, We are now getting other towns looking at us on the web and the outcome of this was a phone call we received asking if a group of Councillors from Slough could come down to Swindon and see just how we were progressing as they wished to do something very similar in their town.

The group are called Friends of the Slough Canal and can be contacted at P.O. Box 2456 Slough SL2 5WS.
They are trying to get a link put in between the Thames near Winsor and the Grand Union Canal.
picture of slough canal 108_300The group included 8 Councillors including James Swindlehurst Deputy Leader and member for regeneration.
They were greeted by Ken and myself on behalf of the Canal Trust and Councillor Bennett for the Conservatives and Councillor Montaut for the Labour Party.

So on Saturday September 27th after showing them our display in the shop and Ken giving them a quick overview of our aspirations for the town centre whilst they drank a coffee, they were then presented with a folder each with all the relevant documentations that we have on this project, Big thank you to Ann and Justine for that,

Andrew on behalf of the Town Council also presented them with a D.V.D of the proposed new route to save them carrying the huge hard copy around with them.

picture of slough canal 115_300Next it was off to Beveans Bridge, Swindon's pride and joy where I was able to explain a little more about the Wichlestow development where there is a canal hub planned for shops and bars etc.

picture of slough canal 130_300Then I returned to the shop and John lead them along the restored canal to Skew Bridge at Kingshill       (picture right) and on into the Town Centre pointing out all the relevant points of interest along the way including the old route and the new proposed route.

I met up with them again at the bottom of the Town and told them a few things about our Towns history including showing them the building where the modern National Health Service began in the G.W.R Hospital in the Railway Village.

The local newspaper the Swindon Advertiser also covered the whole event.

We all then made our way back to the shop where everyone agreed it had been a very exceptional day out and new friends were made that day.

Roy Cartwright