March 6th 2015
After a quarter of a century of working together the Lichfield Canal Trust has signed a formal partnership agreement with the District Council and the City Council. This formalises a situation which has existed for very many years. The intention to is build a strong and collaborative relationship to hasten the rebuilding and reopening of Lichfield’s canal as part of the 2,000-mile waterway network. Although the partnership initially involves the Lichfield Canal Trust and the two councils the intention is to extend this to other bodies closely concerned with the canal project.
The document was signed for the Trust by Chairman, Brian Kingshott, the Leader of the District Council, Michael Wilcox and Councillor Terry Finn for the City in a ceremony in the Council offices.
This was followed by a visit to the Trust worksite near the M6 Toll motorway where an ambitious undergrowth clearance on a newly acquired line of the canal has prepared a kilometre section for restoration.
Michael Wilcox, Leader of Lichfield District Council, with Brian Kingshott, Chairman of Lichfield & Hatherton Canals Restoration Trust and Cllr Terry Finn, Lichfield City Council join in signing a Memorandum of Understanding forming a Partnership to support rebuilding the canal through Lichfield.
Brian Kingshott said “This is an exciting step forward for the Canal Trust as it confirms and strengthens our links with our local councils who have worked with us for so long. We greatly value the support which the councils give us as we work together to bring all the advantages which the restored canal will bring to the people of Lichfield and further afield”.