Society bids to raise £250,000 to restore section of canal

Pocklington Canal, submitted by Pocklington Camera Club.
Pocklington Canal, submitted by Pocklington Camera Club.

An appeal fund has been launched to raise £250,000 to restore a two-mile section of Pocklington Canal.

Pocklington Canal Amenity Society has been able to prime the fund with £80,000 from its accumulated funds, the amount remaining to be raised is £170,000.

The money will be spent on installing new wooden lock gates for Thornton and Walbut Locks, and ensuring an adequate depth of water in the length, much of which is presently overgrown with vegetation.

Other items will include measures to bring the locks up to modern safety standards, including the provision of lock landings to allow boaters to disembark before entering the locks.

Chairman of the Pocklington Canal Amenity Society, Paul Waddington, said: “It is what is required to extend the navigable length by two miles.”

“I think we will raise this amount. It’s a bigger amount that we have raised before but I believe we will.”
The Society has chosen this year to launch its appeal as it is the bicentenary of the passing of the Act of Parliament enabling the building of the Pocklington Canal. It is proposed that the works will be completed by 2018, in time to mark the bicentenary of the opening of the canal.

The project is being promoted with the support and encouragement of both The Canal and River Trust - the owners of the Pocklington Canal - and Natural England, which has a regulatory role, since the works are to be carried out within a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

Work will be designed and scheduled to minimise interference with wildlife.

Appeal leaflets will be widely distributed in Pocklington and the villages close to the canal. Support will also be sought from the Society’s own members and from

waterways enthusiasts nationwide, as well as from charitable trusts.

Mr Waddington added: “We need a lot of support from local people and our supporters. We do hope to get some from charitable trusts.”

More information about the scheme and details of how to subscribe to the appeal can be found on the Society’s website:

www.pocklingtoncanalsociety.org/appeal

Last week, the Pocklington Post revealed that a separate project is set to get underway that could see £500,000 invested in protecting important wildlife habitats and 200-year-old structures on the canal.