A well attended second general meeting of the Association was held on 15 August 2011. Welcome guest at the meeting was James Clifton, Enterprise Manager with British Waterways, who gave a short talk about his background and experience on several waterways redevelopment schemes, and provided some useful advice concerning the proposed plans for the Daventry Canal.
Chairman, Dean Hawkey, gave a presentation on the Association’s achievements to date, and plans for its continuing activities. One of the principal points for discussion was the proposal to establish a canal trust to acquire the land required for the canal, and to build the canal itself. Members passed a resolution authorising the management committee to look into the feasibility of establishing the proposed trust. It was also resolved to defer the introduction of a life membership subscription until the first AGM in March 2011.
The management committee was strengthened by the appointment of two additional committee members: David Cousins as Treasurer and Richard Saillet as Membership Secretary. The newly enlarged committee held its first meeting on 20 August with the announcement that the detailed planning application for the canal had been submitted that week by Daventry District Council to West Northamptonshire Development Corporation. Details of the application are eagerly anticipated, and the committee will then formulate a response to the application. Further announcements on this subject will be posted on the website when the details become available.