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!
Not only do we have a start made on the restoration of the Dudley No 2, but also the decision to re-instate the Bradley flight, from Bradley workshops down to the Walsall canal.
Bradley locks today
C&RT announced that they were adopting the Bradley Locks Final Report. Other than dealing with a road bridge at the top, there are no major obstacles to restoration.
The restoration will not just be a navigation route, but also (and more importantly for users other than boaters) be a wildlife corridor and part of the regeneration of the area.
Replacing gates on the Bradley flight, 1933
The lower locks will be particularly easy to restore – they were refurbished before being filled in to protect the chambers. All that is needed is to dig them out, and fit gates.
(Here is the work being done in 1933 – photo from the Bob May collection)
Hopefully we will be able to produce a colour version of this photo before two long.