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Canal plans get £3m

Ambitious plans to restore one of the UK's earliest canals were

given the go-ahead on Friday after the project secured regional

development agency funding worth £3million.

The £11million scheme will reopen a historic link between the River

Severn and the Worcester and Birmingham Canal and includes plans to

build a new 1,000-metre stretch of waterway near Droitwich, Worcs.

British Waterways hopes work on the Droitwich Barge and Junction

Canals,- which were completed in 1771 and 1853 respectively, will

begin before the end of the year.

Once restored, the canals are expected to generate more than

320,000 extra visits to the area within five years, bringing an

estimated £2.75million into the area annually.

The announcement of £3million funding from Advantage West Midlands

follows a £4.6million grant from Heritage Lottery Fund, a pledge of

funding from Wychavon District Council and Worcestershire County

Council, and a number of smaller organisations, including the Inland

Waterways Association.

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