Friday, 27 January 2012

Aberdulais aqueduct

It's good news that Neath Port Talbot council has decided to initiate a feasibility study into the restoration of this key component of what was once a network of local canals. The Tennant Canal Company might quibble about the literal in the fourth paragraph of the council's press release, but one presumes that the Neath and Tennant Canals Trust was party to the decision and welcomes an officially-promoted study.

The last estimate I heard for the restoration proper was £6 million, so we will no doubt be looking for grant money and commercial sponsorship to provide the bulk of the funds. There should be local benefits from the project, not only in the long term in the form of tourism income, but also during the construction providing jobs requiring a range of skills and abilities.

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