Canal and River Trust's Annual report 2019-2020 Is clearly showing the implications of the coronavirus pandemic with the furloughing of staff, impact on community activities, volunteering and day-to-day operations, but the report also highlights some positives such as the important role the waterways played during lockdown when the towpaths demonstrated their value in providing accessible green and blue space for local people.
Importantly, some “Green” achievements of note were reported, with 45% of dredged material was reused and recycled and 82% of waste we produced was either reused or recycled.
Some key improvements to the Trust’s Pumping Stations were mentioned.
At Bowyer Street Pumping Station in Birmingham, the principal water supply to the ‘ten mile’ pound of the Grand Union Canal, needed £550k of repairs including: complete refurbishment of the pumping station, replacing two pumps, internal and external pipework, access platforms and control panels.
The £450k phase 1 of the Crofton Pumping Station replacement on the Kennet & Avon Canal was also completed to add resilience to this important water resource.
£530k upgrade and replacement of the pumps at Tringford Pumping Station at the bottom end of the Grand Union Canal with works completed in May 2020 after being held up by the coronavirus restrictions.
To download a copy please click here https://canalrivertrust.org.uk/media/original/42580-annual-report-and-accounts-2019-20.pdf
This year hosted CRT's Annual Public Meeting online on Wednesday 28 October.