With the local council elections coming on 5 May perhaps we can finally escape from the over-hyped references to last year’s parish poll on whether or not Daventry residents want a canal and waterspace in the town. The forthcoming vote will be the real test of local opinion regarding the policies adopted by our elected representatives.
Let’s consider one of the prime benefits of the proposed Daventry Canal Arm. The canal will become an extension of the Country Park, creating new parkland on the Eastern side of the reservoir, with the brilliant prospect of a two mile long park area containing a canal and canalside walk/cycle way, with a direct link to the Grand Union Canal, running alongside, and extending, the established Country Park, all easily accessible from the town centre.
Due to the hard efforts of our local Daventry District Councillors the Western Meadows have been given conservation status to prevent development on that side of the Country Park. But what about the Eastern side?
The canal will have the added benefit of creating a permanent buffer zone between the Country Park and the proposed Churchfields development of up to four thousands new homes between Long Buckby Road and the Eastern side of the Country Park. Without the canal, housing development could be extended all the way down to the edge of the Country Park. Do we really want to see housing encroaching on this wonderful asset that Daventry possesses?
Let us not forget the reason the Country Park exists in the first place. Over 200 years ago the reservoir was built to provide water for the Grand Union Canal. Without the canal, there would be no reservoir, and therefore no Country Park.
You can show your support for the canal arm by becoming a member of the Daventry Canal Association. Subscription is free up to the first AGM in March 2012. You can download an application form at www.daventrycanal.org.uk.
Daventry Canal Association