The Whitchurch Arm or what remains of it today is under the control of the Whitchurch Arm Trust and it was their efforts back in the early 1990`s that saw the arm once again navigable.
In 1944 the Llangollen canal was closed to navigation following commercial traffic ceasing some 5years earlier. In the 1950`s the Llangollen re-opened but the boating activity was now for pleasure and it was to be some 40 years later the short section of the Whitchurch arm opened.
Much of the original canal that went into the town has been developed and some Bungalows built on the old route have suffered subcidence so a local who moved from one informed me. He also told me the trust were having problems with a new canal route because the Enviroment Agency won`t allow canal water to mix with the Brook that runs through the area. If you look at the route of the Brook walking into town you can see the problem because the old route away from it is no longer viable.
Anyway I am not sure if the the proposed development and the cost,£490.000($735.000) , which is bound to increase is worth the effort. The Trust want to take the arm into the town eventually so rather than a very short section of canal ending in a basin that will berth just 8 boats would it not be better to head into town as far as money will allow. Please comment as I would be interested in your views.
Above the end of the present arm.
Standing under the bridge in picture 1 and you can see it is not far to the next bridge that was created for the canal route during housing development. As soon as the canal passes under that bridge it will enter the basin to the right. Probably no more than 4 boat lengths between these bridges.
Above looking back to that second bridge and the grass bank that will be dug away for the basin.
They talk of the basin being nearer town and the bus stop but for the small distances involved that is not a good argument.
To me it all seems a lot of work and I would rather see the canal make progress towards town with that money being used for a lock that will most definitely be needed. A decent length of canal could be dug if that basin was not dug out.
As I say it would be nice to hear your views.