Decision on Daventry Canal Arm Extension is Welcomed
By Andrew Simpson
News that Daventry District Council (DDC) have finally approved outline plans for a proposed extension to link Daventry to the Grand Union canal have been welcomed by local Lib Dem Campaigners.
The controversial plan was agreed by DDC Planning Committee on Wednesday night and proposes a 1.6 mile canal arm that would run from a basin by the iCon roundabout and then snake along the edge of Daventry Country Park before heading out to the Grand Union Canal. The approved plan includes six locks, rather than a boat lift. Further more detailed plans will need to be considered for the waterfront development proposed for the Eastern Way playing field.
"This is a welcome move that plays to the strengths of the canal business in our areas such as at the Braunston Marina" said Lib Dem Campaigner, Andrew Simpson. "Providing access to the canal network in the heart of Daventry can only help create interest in the town and also the back drop for improved leisure and recreational facilities for residents. It also provides real opportunities for regeneration with a new waterside development".
Many objections had been raised about the proposals by local residents - most of which centered around whether it was the best use of money and also whether it would achieve the regeneration it was claimed it would.
"The plans for an elaborate boat lift would have seen an unnecessary drain on funds and it is good that part of the plan has been dropped" said Andrew "Otherwise funding for the scheme should come mainly from developers as part of a commitment to enhancing local facilities. The next stage is crucial in terms of the Council agreeing a robust business case that makes this happen - it will need the Council to show leadership and drive."
Read more about the plans here.