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Plans to route canal through town

Plans to re-route the Wilts & Berks canal through the centre of Melksham are to be shown at an exhibition. (Headline from BBC News) Just read a piece on the new route for the Wilts & Berks Canal on BBC News

“Much of the original canal was lost to housing, and redirecting it around the town would offer no benefits, said Wilts & Berks Canal Trust.

It has proposed a route following the River Avon through the town, connecting the Kennet & Avon Canal to the Thames & Severn Canal.

The plans go on shown at Melksham library from 9 to 14 July.”

It’s good that they are aiming to keep the link near the town rather than simply bypass it as historically it went through and bypassing would imply more that the canal wasn’t important – imagine in 50 or 100 years time people may wonder why the canal bypassed Melksham unless they went into the recent history of the restoration.

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