West Sussex canal restoration idea takes a step forward

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PLANS to restore a canal and open it up to the sea are gathering pace.

The ruling cabinet at Chichester District Council has recommended plans to open Chichester Canal to navigation from the sea.

Councillor Myles Cullen, who sits on the cabinet, said: ‘It’s about 14 years ago that there was an assessment made about benefits that might accrue from the restoration of the canal. I fail to see what’s changed – I don’t think anything’s changed.’

‘There is, I believe rightly, a national aspiration regarding restoration of canals and where they’ve come to fruition they’ve bloomed into cherished assets.

‘Personally, I think it would be a very attractive attribute for locals and for tourists with the restoration.’

A full council meeting on the proposals takes place on September 24.