Volunteer surveyor sought to help with restoration

Published: Wednesday, 20 February 2019

THE Montgomery Waterway Restoration Trust is seeking a volunteer surveyor to help with its restoration.

Michael Limbrey, Montgomery Waterway Restoration Trust Chairman, is urgently trying to find a surveyor to survey a half mile section of dried out canal through to the Welsh border, explaining:

Restore dry section

“We want to restore the dry section of canal towards Pant but first we need a detailed assessment of what has to be done,” he said. “We already have the equipment and volunteers who will help but we need a surveyor to take the lead and check ground levels. If anybody is interested, we would be happy to show them the section.

 “Over years of dereliction, the canal has degraded and we don’t know whether the channel is the right depth or if the towpath is at the right height and how much soil needs to be moved.”

MontomeryIdeal for retired surveyor

It is thought the surveying job would be ideal for a retired surveyor who wished to join the growing band of specialist volunteers working on the canal restoration project, which is gathering momentum. (The photograph shows part of a restored section of the canal.)

The surveying work will lead to Schoolhouse Bridge at Pant, the last road blockage in Shropshire, which represents a major engineering task for the canal restorers. A £300,000 appeal for the replacement of the bridge is steadily climbing towards its target thanks to generous support from fund raisers.

Volunteer engineers and architects

The Trust would also like to recruit volunteer engineers and architects who could create a vision for the canal in Llanymynech, Welshpool and Newtown, stating:

“For example, the canalside opposite the warehouse in Welshpool is semi-derelict but it could be a really attractive part of the town. We are looking for somebody that has a vision to create something interesting.”

Half now restored

Half of the 35 miles canal has now been restored. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, a derelict length of canal to Crickheath Wharf is being re-watered to extend the section connected to the Llangollen Canal by one and a half miles.

Anybody interested in supporting the canal restoration is asked to contact Mr Limbrey on Tel: 01691 654081.