Concerns raised over canal plans

A REPORT highlighting reasons why a canal arm should not be built in the town has been sent to the West Northamptonshire Development Corporation (WNDC).

Daventry Town Council (DTC) compiled the document and sent it to the WNDC after members agreed they simply don’t want to see the 1.6-mile canal in Daventry.

Reasons for the objection include the visual and construction impact, the affect on wildlife and a lack of funding.

Concerns raised by DTC include the safety of children who live nearby and damage the canal could do to colonies of great crested newts.

In August Daventry District Council (DDC) submitted plans to the WNDC which, if given the go-ahead, would result in a canal arm linking Eastern Way playing field to the Grand Union Canal.

But in its report DTC said: “The town council is of the opinion that the standard of the planning application is poor and the work on feasibility both in terms of the constructional and economic viability is lacking.”

“The council is extremely concerned that the funding streams are not available, and the public should be consulted on the use of any public funds aimed at building this canal and likewise for the running of the canal.”