Canal group fights on in face of cuts

Canal group fights on in face of cuts

Canal group fights on in face of cuts

First published in News

A CANAL group is battling to keep the popular Bridgwater & Taunton Canal looking its best despite dwindling funds.

Many visitors enjoy fishing and boating along the canal as well as appreciating its flora and fauna.

However, funding from councils including Somerset County Coun-cil and Sedgemoor District Coun-cil has dwindled over the years, which has led to a new group being set up to help safeguard its future.

Sedgemoor’s total contribution to the canal has gone down from £25,000 to £15,000 this financial year.

The Bridgwater & Taunton Canal Association started at the end of last year, but its active members have been hard at work on essential maintenance, such as painting gates, cutting hedges etc to ensure that the area still looks attractive to the thousands of visitors who use the boats or towpath for leisure pursuits.

The group is now looking to the future and wants to launch a scheme to monitor the whole canal and wants more people to swell their numbers to keep the future bright for the major tourist attraction.

Val Whitcombe, secretary of the Bridgwater & Taunton Canal Association, said: “There have been concerns that the canal could be at risk from funding cuts as the money it receives has gone down over the years.

“The area we are talking about is 14 miles long and is very important.

“We have teams of volunteers who help to keep it looking nice and do a lot of maintenance. We want more people to help us as we believe this is an important part of our heritage.”

Anyone who can help should call 01278 663449.

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10:10am Wed 27 Aug 14

SocialistParty-SomersetBranch says...

So much for Cameron's 'Big Society'...

Two out of five of Cameron's stated 'Big Society' priorities were:

1.Give communities more powers (localism and devolution)
2.Encourage people to take an active role in their communities (volunteerism)

Big society? ... big con!


Fight all cuts - for real jobs and services

Behind all the talk of "localising power", "enabling" and so on, the Tory vision of the 'Big Society' has been exposed in all its gory glory. The Con-Dems want to continue sacking hundreds of thousands of professionally trained public sector workers and to instead provide vital services on the cheap with volunteers.

Polls show that 65% of people understand that the Big Society is just an attempt by the government to try to put a positive spin on their savage and brutal cuts.

Working class people in Britain will not allow their rights, fought for by generations, to be swept away by this bunch of incompetent public school boys.

*We will not return to the 1930s.

*No to all cuts in jobs and services

*For a 24-hour public sector strike, as the first step of a mass movement to defeat the cuts

www.socialistparty.o
rg.uk
So much for Cameron's 'Big Society'... Two out of five of Cameron's stated 'Big Society' priorities were: 1.Give communities more powers (localism and devolution) 2.Encourage people to take an active role in their communities (volunteerism) Big society? ... big con! Fight all cuts - for real jobs and services Behind all the talk of "localising power", "enabling" and so on, the Tory vision of the 'Big Society' has been exposed in all its gory glory. The Con-Dems want to continue sacking hundreds of thousands of professionally trained public sector workers and to instead provide vital services on the cheap with volunteers. Polls show that 65% of people understand that the Big Society is just an attempt by the government to try to put a positive spin on their savage and brutal cuts. Working class people in Britain will not allow their rights, fought for by generations, to be swept away by this bunch of incompetent public school boys. *We will not return to the 1930s. *No to all cuts in jobs and services *For a 24-hour public sector strike, as the first step of a mass movement to defeat the cuts www.socialistparty.o rg.uk SocialistParty-SomersetBranch
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9:57pm Wed 27 Aug 14

Attenborough says...

It fails to mention the funding provided from new build developments in the area which has been fairly substantial.
It fails to mention the funding provided from new build developments in the area which has been fairly substantial. Attenborough
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