SOLIHULL’S boating community has welcomed work on the Grand Union Canal in Knowle.
Work began on January 3 to repair Kenilworth Road bridge and 200m of canal wall, blocking up of culverts which are no longer used, replacing concrete walls on the outfall of sluice 14, repairing the damaged towpath on the lock landing and works to stop a leak.
Total cost is forecast at around £340,000 and work is due to finish at the end of April.
Stephen Hardy, from British Waterways, said: “This is the time of year that we do quite a lot of major works as there are less boaters around. The major aspect is to repair the Kenilworth Road bridge.
“However our engineers decided to carry out a number of other works in the area at the same time, sharing costs of plant, site welfare and setup, allowing cost savings where possible.”
Terry Fogarty, who lives on a narrow boat on the canal, praised Caroline Spelman, MP for Meriden, and Secretary of State for the Environment.
He said: “It’s a great relief to know that you have got somebody at the top looking after the boating community.”