Project to restore the Ashby Canal in Leicestershire moves forward

A project to restore the Ashby Canal in Leicestershire is moving forward after an order allowing vital groundwork along the route was passed. Environment secretary Margaret Beckett has approved a Transport and Works Act order that will allow Leicestershire County Council to reopen the canal as far as Measham. The canal was built in 1804 but suffered progressive closures until 1966 due to mining subsidence.

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