AM praises action taken to safeguard scenic canal

LOCAL Assembly Member Nick Ramsay has praised the prompt action taken by Glandwr Cymru to safeguard the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal following recent storm damage.

A section of the canal was emptied after an inspection identified movement in a 60m length of the canal embankment above Llanfoist near Beacon Park Boats. The decision to empty the section was made because the support of the 40 year old lining had reduced,  in case of further movement of the embankment and to allow an assessment to be made of what repairs are needed.

Speaking on Tuesday, Mr Ramsay, who is Chair of the Assembly’s Cross Party Waterways Group,  said: “I would like to congratulate staff of Glandwr Cymru who worked tirelessly to cope with fallen trees and flood damage caused by the exceptional weather we have experienced over the past weeks.

“The Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal is one of our most popular tourist attractions so it is vital that repairs are carried out ahead of the all important tourist season.

“Clearly there are cost implications involved and I am eager to ask the Government what discussions have taken place to address this very important issue.”

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