Action to restore water feed to the Tennant Canal.

There are now two steps to get water into the canal, both could be accomplished in a day or two and at almost zero cost.

Tennant Canal-focussed session took place on Friday, June 10th at the Driving Range in Aberdulais. TCA Position Statement (PDF 1.7MB) Minutes from the Meeting (PDF 138 KB)

June 18th, 2022 – Action on restoring Water feed to the canal summary by Rick Hughes of the TCA.

The Tennant Canal Association (TCA) has been formed to take action where needed for the benefit of the Tennant Canal.

For some weeks we have been working with various parties, authorities, and engineers to identify and evaluate options that could be used as a temporary water supply for the canal.
Last week we convened a meeting that included the Canal owners – Port Tennant Company (PTC), the management company (Leeder), Natural Resources Wales (NRW), Members of the Senedd, CADW, NPT council, local councillors, and canal experts.

Prior to the meeting we developed and provided a consultation document of options …… several have now been discounted either due to cost, or NRW’s position.

There are now two steps to get water into the canal, both could be accomplished in a day or two and at almost zero cost.

As an interest for this group … the consultation document is attached, (doc not yet made available) the ‘discounted options; removed to clarify the two simple steps.

The first step – clearing the feeder channel is a routine maintenance task that is the responsibility of Leeder, and we are asking them to clear the channel. (picture of the channel below)

The damaged Tennant canal supply Weir at Aberdulais 31-05-2022
The damaged Tennant canal supply Weir at Aberdulais 31-05-2022 (Picture from STTC Facebook site)

The use of the existing culvert is not much more than opening a valve, and clearing away some stones – the caveat is that NRW has to approve its use …. they have agreed to consider licensing this.

It was purpose-designed, constructed & used as a temporary supply previously and we are using this as justification for its re-use.

A Technical working group will be set up (as soon as NRW can support it) to consider re-use permits, assessments, etc. There are lots of obstacles that can be put in the way, and we are clearing them by evidence, justification, and discussion.

The big issue for the TCA is cost … we have no money to pay for any of this, so where possible we use evidence to justify acceptance on points – so far we have had success.
Please do consider joining the TCA we need your support.

Tennant Canal Association – Newly formed The Tennant Canal Association CIC (TCA), a “not for profit company”, is awaiting the development of its official website.
https://tennantcanal.wales/

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