Progress restoring the Dudley No 2

In 2016 Lapal Canal Trust made some big strides towards restoring the Dudley No 2 canal.

There was substantial excavation of Harborne Wharf by Careys, a WRG work camp to restore the canal wall.  (There is another WRG camp starting on 29 July – see the Diary or the WRG website.)

 

The ground was laser scanned, so that they can take sections to help estimate the material to moved to restore canal as far as California.  (Near Barnes Hill Asda rather than Mexico, for those who don’t know the area)

 

 

 

 

This was done by Ken Pearson  of Laser Scans Ltd.

In addition they got a further £30000 funding for further work from the Headley fund.

Well Done Lapal Canal Trust!

Latest plans for the Selly Oak Sainsbury’s endanger restoration of the Lapal link

Protesting (along with the Community Partnership for Selly Oak) about the detail of the plan for the redevelopment of the Battery site. All of the groups are strongly in favour of the site being redeveloped - sadly there are major problems with the detail.

Protesting (along with the Community Partnership for Selly Oak) about the detail of the plan for the redevelopment of the Battery site.
All of the groups are strongly in favour of the site being redeveloped – sadly there are major problems with the detail.

Plans have been submitted and approved for the redevelopment of the Battery Site, at Selly Oak, where the Dudley No 2 canal joined the Worcester and Birmingham.
If the Lapal Link is ever to come to fruition, this site is critical.

For many complicated reasons, these plans are being modified.

More details are on the Lapal Canal Trust website, the developers website  and the Selly Oak community partnership website.

Historically there are three links between the Birmingham canals and the Dudley canals, the Lapal Tunnel, the Dudley No 1 canal tunnel and the Netherton tunnel.
Only one of these is operational, and as this winters stoppages show, there is the risk of a long stoppage for major repair work.  In the event of major works being needed at Netherton, the Lapal Link is the only viable alternative route.

From a canal point of view, the changes in the plans must not endanger the plans for the Lapal link.

Express your views on the community website, or better still write a letter to the council objecting to the current proposals.  A specimen letter is linked to this post – it is a specimen objection letter sent to members of the Lapal Canal Trust.

None of the groups are against the development per se.  The site as it currently stands is a mess.

From a boating perspective, it is important that it does not endanger the “Lapal Link”.  The recent Selly Oak by pass had a major bridge included to allow for the canal, it would be wrong to throw that away by blocking the line further down.

The Selly Oak community have a problem with the site backing on to the Bristol Road rather than facing it.  (Indeed the current Sainsbury’s putting its back to the road is a significant contributor to the feeling of bleakness around the area)