Canalside dream set to become a reality

Burton Daily Mail reports on ambitious plans for a canal-side development which could turn a former mining village into a tourist destination are to be showcased for the first time.

The scheme will see up to 400 new homes built off Burton Road in Measham, linked by an 800-metre stretch of newly dug canal to a wharf overlooked by shops, offices and leisure outlets.

The project is ultimately planned to link up with the restored section of the Ashby Canal, which would reach the wharf via an aqueduct sweeping dramatically over High Street.

The plans will be displayed at a public consultation meeting organised by developer Ideal Country Homes and Ashby Canal Trust, to be held next week.

Trust spokesman Geoff Pursglove told the Mail: “This development will give Measham a focal point and make the village a destination for visitors from outside the area.“

Mr Pursglove added: “The canal project has been a bit quiet in the past few years, but it’s gathering momentum now and it’s getting very exciting. I think its time has come.”

Measham Wharf scheme would occupy land on the west side of High Street, where The Picture Bar, the disused former cinema and youth club, would be demolished, while the historic Timms hardware store building would be incorporated into the development, its arched rear, ground floor elevation fronting onto the wharf.

Funding is already in place to reopen the Ashby Canal between its current terminus at Snarestone to Ilott Wharf, boosted by £1.75 million received from UK Coal as a condition of its application to mine the Minorca site off Gallows Lane.

Work on that scheme is due to start in the summer, while Mr Pursglove said if funding bids were successful, the entire 2.5-mile stretch to Measham could be completed within three years.

The wharf would occupy a site which served that purpose before the stretch of the canal between Measham and Snarestone was filled in during the 1960s.

The restored canal would enter the village from the east along the route of a disused railway line, crossing the High Street near Measham Library and looping round to the wharf.

The consultation exhibition is scheduled to be held at St Laurence Church Hall, in High Street, on Tuesday, November 13 from 2pm to 8pm.

Everyone is welcome.

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