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Funding will boost canal restoration and flood alleviation in Bramley

Presentation of a cheque from the Guildford & Reading Branch of the Inland Waterways Association (IWA) will not only boost restoration of the Wey and Arun Canal but could also help provide flood protection for houses in Bramley.

Robin Higgs from the IWA presented the £500 donation to Wey & Arun Canal Trust (WACT) Trustee Philip Oliver at the Trust's recent AGM. According to Philip, the money will go towards funding work to reconnect the canal with the River Wey at Gun's Mouth Island and reconstruction of the canal through Bramley.

"I am delighted with the donation," said Philip. "We have had a major flood study done on the proposed canal route around Bramley, where we hope to be able to get permission to use Cranleigh Waters. If we can gain permission for this, then the canal could help provide flood alleviation to the 60 or so properties in Bramley that flood quite regularly. However, there is a considerable amount of further survey, study and consultation work to do before we can start construction and the IWA donation will help fund that."

Philip said that this work will take at least another year to complete and will be followed by a series of four appeals for funds to carry out the construction for each stretch round Bramley. "WACT members and the public always want to see action on the ground but this new route is, in effect a brand new canal so we are having to treat it as a major infrastructure project," he added.