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Votes Needed for New Parapets on Loxwood Canal Bridge.

As the Wey & Arun Canal Trust (WACT) continues working hard towards its ultimate goal of restoring the Wey & Arun Canal to its full potential, the public have the chance to vote for speedy completion of a crucial stage.

Until 23rd October 2011, NatWest Bank is giving members of the public the chance to vote online, determining whether or not WACT will receive a grant of up to £6000 from the NatWest Community Force Fund. The Trust has applied for the grant in order to replace the steel parapets on the bridge over the Wey & Arun Canal on Loxwood High Street with more aesthetically pleasing brick parapets.

The work has been a priority for WACT for several months, with approximately 66% of funding already having been raised and acceptance procedures being processed by West Sussex County Council. To win a grant would be extremely beneficial to trust members and local residents alike, as the improvements to the bridge could be carried out very soon, making the canal all the more attractive for the enjoyment of the public.

As a result, the Trust wishes to encourage as many people as possible to vote for this worthy cause. Members of the public are able to support the restoration work directly by visiting communityforce.natwest.com , clicking 'vote for a project now' and searching for 'Loxwood' or 'RH14'. Voters will then be asked to register, which is free of charge and will take no longer than two minutes.

Further information about the Wey & Arun Canal Trust is available from the Trust's office, on 01403 752403.

Notes for Editors

Further information is available from Sally Schukpe, sas@weyandarun.co.uk, 01483 560543/div>

The Wey & Arun Canal Trust

The Wey & Arun Canal, "London's lost route to the sea" was originally opened in 1816 between the River Wey at Shalford, near Guildford, and Pallingham, near Pulborough, the head of navigation of the River Arun. It closed in 1871, due to railway competition. Since the 1970s the 23-mile waterway has been the subject of a campaign by volunteers led by the Wey & Arun Canal Trust to restore the route to navigation. Work has been undertaken in a number of locations, most notably the stretch near the Sussex/Surrey border at Loxwood. Over two miles in length, this includes five working locks, two public road crossings, an aqueduct, two farm bridges, and numerous minor works, all built or rebuilt through voluntary effort. Boat trips are available on this stretch, onboard several craft, including the 50-seater electrically-powered Wiggonholt.

Last updated  Thursday, 13 October, 2011
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