A restored canal would preserve structures and artefacts built to serve a transport system which in its heyday was revolutionary. It would again be possible to see these in a ‘living’ setting, carrying out the function for which they were built over 200 years ago.
A restored canal would provide excellent leisure opportunities for local people, including walking, fishing, boating and nature study. This has already been recognised by Buckinghamshire County Council, which has created the Ouse Valley Way along the line of the towpath within the County.
The Natural Environment
A restored canal would increase the diversity of the natural environment, providing a habitat for many species. A variety of plants, insects, birds, and mammals would inhabit the rich, diverse surroundings provided. A waterway and towpath provide excellent habitats for the linear migration of species.
The Grand Union Canal is used by many boaters wishing to savour the delights of the English countryside at a gentle pace. It also provides a long distance footpath for those who prefer to travel on foot. A restored canal would provide an excellent destination for both boaters and walkers in the historic town of Buckingham.
The Local Economy
A restored canal would provide additional spending in the local area, as increased visitor numbers were translated into spending in local shops, pubs and restaurants. Studies in other areas have shown the positive benefits accruing to the area surrounding a canal after restoration.
A restored canal would provide employment from initial reconstruction to subsequent maintenance work, while part time and full time employment would accrue from the increased tourism spend.
The Bedford and Milton Keynes Link
The B&MK Trust is moving forwards actively towards realising this project. A restored Buckingham Canal would add a further East West dimension to the network.