Swindon’s new “green” development has been short listed for the national Waterways Renaissance Awards which are awarded by the Waterways Trust. Wichelstowe is in contention for two award categories, Partnership and also Strategy & Masterplanning.
Roger Hanbury, Chief Executive of The Waterways Trust, said: “This is the ninth year of the Waterways Renaissance Awards and it is truly inspiring to see that, even in these very challenging economic times, people and organisations are continuing to work together to realise the benefits of our canals and rivers for communities across the UK. All projects reaching the finalist stage should be justifiably proud of all that they have achieved.”
John Laverick Chairman of the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust said, “The Trust is very pleased that this newest section of the waterway has been considered for these awards and we hope that the judges will recognise that the cohesiveness of the Canal Partnership has delivered this magnificent facility for the newly forming local community at Wichelstowe and one more piece in the jigsaw leading towards the full restoration of the entire waterway.
Swindon councillor Andrew Bennett commented, "Swindon is justifiably proud that not only is the town a thriving commercial centre for the South West, but that three-quarters of the borough is rural and a much treasured environment. The new canal is an integral part of Wichelstowe and is an opportunity for many new homeowners to enjoy living close by a waterway. In fact for some properties the canal is right on their doorstep. It will be a boon for the future of the town and another generation of canal users!”
Cllr Fleur de Rhe-Philipe (Wiltshire Council), chairman of the Wilts & Berks Canal Partnership. and is delighted that the project is gaining further national recognition. “Restoring over 60 miles of waterway can only be done with the strength of the support of the 22 partners, from the voluntary, public and private sectors, who have come together with the single purpose to provide a recreational and wildlife corridor for future generations.”
The results of the 2011 Waterways Renaissance Awards will be announced at the national awards ceremony in Birmingham on 25 May.