Monthly Archives: March 2014

Chairman’s EMag – 5th March 2014

Greetings All,

The installation of the Rev. John Collier, conducted by the Bishop of Monmouth, the Rt. Rev. Richard Pain, took place at St Illtuds, Mamhilad, on Sat 22nd Feb. There was a good crowd of about 50 people there most of whom retired to” The Star” afterwards for snacks and a drink. Photos were taken at High Bridge and can be seen on the MBACT web site, www.churchinwales or the next edition of Waterways World.

Crumlin Arm
The Principal Engineer reports that CCBC are currently working to repair a long standing leak on the Pontywaun section. This consists of a new section of retaining wall and 70m of synthetic liner which will be extended further, subject to available funds. Partial infilling of the canal bed has been required to provide access and will be removed on completion of the works.
A short length of tow path behind Brynhyfryd Terrace is to be raised to prevent over topping.
Measures are being investigated to prevent silt blocking the canal, enabling the Islwyn Canal Associations trip boat to operate from Whysome’s Wharf.
Grass cutting and sapling treatment will start on 24th March and weed cutting in the channel will start in July.
A perceived conflict between cyclists and walkers is to be addressed by the introduction of a Cycleway Code of Conduct. Signs will be erected and information leaflets made available shortly, their effectiveness will be monitored over the next 12 months.

MBACT Regeneration Ltd.
The new company has managed to secure £64,000 which is match funding for the HLF Waterworks partnership with Torfaen. Now that the 10 year licences with TCBC has been signed for the land, a temporary road access can be constructed from Holly Bush way and the workshop can be erected, (in May). This money will also fund the new modular Top Lock Gate and the purchase of land at Pentre Lane required for further restoration of the canal.
TCBC and WG Vibrant and Viable Places project.
Torfaen C.B.C. have secured £8.5m from the WG for the above project which includes a “Canal Quarter” in Cwmbran centre. A “workshop” will be held after the next Cross Party Group meeting at the Senedd on 19th March to discuss priorities.

Fourteen Locks
In partnership with Newport City Council, work is due to start shortly to improve water flow into Lock 20 to enable access by trip boat, and to continue the education program at the Centre for Communities and Schools.

Canalathon, 14th Sept 2014
This event will be open to 50 x 4 man (or woman, or mixed, to be totally PC) teams, paddling from Pontymoile to Goytre, Cycling from Goytre to Llangynidr and walking or running from Llangynidr to Brecon. It is not a race as such, but an event for anyone to compete in, including families. Entertainment and refreshment will be available at Brecon Basin during the afternoon. Click HERE for more details and enter online or download forms.

World Conference on Canals, Milan, Sept. 2014
Following on from Richard’s attendance at the WCC in Toulouse in 2013, a group from there will be visiting us later in the year to see what Wales has to offer and see our projects. Interaction of this kind broadens our scope for funding particularly when we are looking at European money and has been prepared through a partnership between Adventa, LAG, Monmouthshire C.C. and MBACT Regeneration Ltd.

And finally,
For those who like to do their boating from an arm chair, Timothy West and Prunella Scales will be back on their Narrowboat on “More4”, Monday nights at 9pm.


Chairman’s EMag – 3rd February 2014

Greetings All,
Looking out at the rain and the soggy garden it seems inconceivable that we have a full and vibrant year ahead of us, let us hope that all this precipitation will run out!

Chairman Roger Francis has passed on to me his strategy for the coming year which I will endeavour to pass on to you in précis form.
Future committee meetings will be held at 3 monthly intervals with more filling the gaps, this will cut down travelling expenses which can be high for some members. Alternative venues for these meetings are being considered on the length of the canal and any member will be welcome to attend as an observer. This may also encourage more members to help out on the committee as it is still short of officer holders.
Roger and others have also had a meeting with Costains, contractors for the new A465 (Heads of the Valleys Road), with a view to remodelling of Bridge 103, which was left as a potential hazard during road works many years ago.
His report from the Regeneration Steering Committee, (made up of all the partners and councils covered by the full length of the canal) shows increasing interest in the regeneration of Cwmbran Town Centre, The Crindau Marina at Newport and the imminent re watering of the Crumlin Arm.

In other news;
The Rev. John Collier is to become the Chaplin for the MBACT at a ceremony to be held at St Illtud’s Church, Mamhilad at 12.00 on Saturday 22nd February, conducted by the Bishop of Monmouth the Rt. Rev. Richard Pain. The church holds 100 and it would be great to fill it! Refreshments will be served afterwards so numbers, to this e mail or Fourteen Locks, would be a help.

Five Locks Rally planning is in progress and if you would like to help on the organising committee you will be most welcome.

The Shop has moved to the old Vision Express building in Newport and still has vacancies for mornings and afternoons.

The two Trading Companies, one for Fourteen Locks and the other for Ty Coch, have been formed.

Ty Coch Flight restoration continues but hampered by the weather and lack of access road.

Members are asked to please check their membership renewal dates and forward their subscriptions, if lapsed, asap, notices have not been sent out for the past 4 months due to a temporary hitch.

On the subject of membership, many people who receive this E Mag are not members but interested parties and supporters. Would you not like to give us also a little financial support AND receive the magazine four times a year? Membership ranges from £5 to £10 p.a. and forms can be filled in on line at our web site, at Fourteen Locks or I can facilitate it from here.

I have just heard that Torfaen has been successful in it’s “Vibrant and Viable Places” bid which makes money available to start the regeneration from Five Locks to the “Canal Quarter” in Cwmbran Town Centre. Well done to all concerned.