The Monmouthshire Canal in South East Wales.
The restoration on the Monmouthshire Canal in South East Wales has continued with the help of volunteers from the Trust and Waterway Recovery Group and the support of British Waterways and the local authority owners of the Canal.
Lock 21 at the top of the Cefn flight at Rogerstone was completed in March 2003 when contractors, Noel Fitzpatrick Ltd, fitted the gates.
Newport Borough Council are now awaiting the application for Welsh Tourist Board and European Money to allow for the installation of a slipway and dredging at the pond and above the lock. This will allow a trip boat to operate.
The Trust hopes a small boat rally can then be organised at Fourteen Locks in 2005.
At the bottom of the Crumlin Arm, Lock 2 is to be started in Spring 2004. A team from the New Deal scheme will restore this, in readiness for the National Trailboat Festival at the end of May. Dredging and cutting back will also be completed.
On the Mainline of the Canal, work commenced last summer on the Torfaen Council owned section. Ash Tree Bridge at Llantarnum was rebuilt along with an overspill weir and the bridge abutments. Volunteers from the Trust, WRG, and KESCRG completed this job to the usual excellent standards.
Bettws Lane road crossing is the next obstruction on the line from Newport. We are currently awaiting a £900,000 European bid to rebuild this to navigable head height; the lock at Bettws was completed in October 2001.
British Waterways are now to carry out a corridor study of the whole Crumlin Arm for both Caerphilly and Newport Councils. We await the results of this in 2004.
On the political front the Welsh Assembly all parties group on waterways continues to meet, although no funding has been forthcoming for any projects in Wales.
The Trust is to host the 2004 National Trailboat Festival at Newport on May 29/30/31 st with two trip boats operating and lots of stalls and entertainment.
The Trust has purchased its own trail able 26 foot trip boat to begin operations in 2004.
To check out further events please see our website www.mon-brec-canal-trust.org.uk
Artists impression of Crindau Marina
The Trust continues to lobby for the building of the Crindau Marina on the banks of the River Usk at Newport as part of the regeneration of the City of Newport.
The Urban Regeneration Company for Newport have pencilled this in for 2015.