Letter: Money will be used to improve canal habitats

Grant is mainly for works to improve the habitats of various species living in the canal corridor.
Grant is mainly for works to improve the habitats of various species living in the canal corridor.

I would like to offer some clarification of your report that the Canal and River Trust has received £496, 600 from the Heritage Lottery Fund for works on the Pocklington Canal.

This grant has indeed been awarded and, as your report correctly points out, is mainly for works to improve the habitats of various species living in the canal corridor.

Works at two bridges of heritage interest are also included, as is the provision of signage and interpretative materials.

This scheme is completely separate from another project initiated by the Pocklington Canal Amenity Society and for which an appeal for £250,000 has been launched.

This second scheme is to extend the navigable length of the canal by two miles and involves works at Thornton and Walbut Locks.

So far, the society has raised £115,000 towards this project and is planning to raise the balance over the next two years, so that the works can be completed in the year 2018, the bicentenary of the opening of the canal.

I am concerned that some readers may have thought that the HLF grant has been awarded to the Society’s Bicentenary Appeal.

Paul Waddington

Chairman of the Pocklington Canal Amenity Society