The rebuilding of Southlands Lock by the Wey & Arun Canal Trust (WACT) volunteers will enable a further half a mile to be opened for the public trip boats. It will also extend the linear park, the restored canal forms. WACT is an independent charity.
It ran from 12:00 AM, 1 July 2011 to 12:00 AM, 1 April 2013
Registered Charity in England and Wales (265331)
The canal became derelict in 1871. Southlands Lock was removed at the beginning of the 20th century. WACT is restoring the canal piece by piece to connect the national inland waterway system to the south coast.
With landowner permission, planning consent was obtained from the Local Authority. Natural England gave a Licence and the Environment Agency gave permission for the work to proceed. A second landowner gave permission to enable access and a water supply. A 300m underground cable was installed for electricity. Permission to use private roads was obtained. Design drawings were done. A contractor was retained to build the lock base and walls. The volunteers are now to finish the construction.
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