Cash pours in for project to revitalise canal

A FIFTEEN-year fight to finance a feasibility study into the regeneration of the Horncastle and Tattershall Canal could soon reap its rewards.

Funding is almost in place for the long-awaited research which will explore the feasibility of restoring the waterway with its 11 lock basins.

Horncastle and Tattershall Canal Heritage (HATCH) is just waiting for written confirmation that the final grant offers are in place.

Coun Bill Aron, who spearheaded a recent meeting in Horncastle to attract funding, told the News: "We are delighted donations are still coming in.

"The last one or two pledges are looking very promising indeed."

He added they hope these will be confirmed within the next couple of weeks.

Local HATCH co-ordinator Ben Bennett is said to be 'over the moon' their goal is almost in sight.

Originally the cost for a study was in the region of 27,000 but with grants and the availability of research carried out on behalf of the Environment Agency for the proposed River Bain flood defence scheme, the shortfall was reduced to 3,700.

The study will explore the benefits and risks of the project which has also sparked concern among some communities along the canal route.

However it has been claimed its restoration would boost tourism and employment in the area.