Stroud District Council
In 2008 Stroud District Council took on leadership of a Heritage Lottery funded project to restore a six-mile section of the Cotswold Canals. The decision was taken against a background of recession and difficult financial and engineering challenges, but with huge community support.
The project has seen restoration of five miles of canal between Stonehouse and Thrupp, nine locks and six miles of towpath so far, and has attracted £115 million of private investment into the canal corridor.
The next phase of the project is to connect Stroud and Stonehouse to the nation’s inland waterway network. Together with the Cotswold Canals Trust, we received crucial initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund (now known as the Heritage Fund), which awarded the project £842,000 development funding in 2018 so we can ensure everything is in place before applying for a further £9million to complete the project. Stroud District Council’s investment in this phase will be £3 million.