Campaign to restore local canal

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Published: Monday 15th June 2015 by The News Editor

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Campaigners hope to raise half a million pounds to complete the restoration of a waterway in East Yorkshire.

Driffield Navigation – which runs for approximately 11 miles from Driffield via the River Hull to the Humber – was once used to carry heavy-duty goods traffic but fell into disrepair in the 1930s and 1940s.

The Driffield Navigation Amenities Association (DNAA) has gradually restored large stretches of the historic waterway since it formed in 1968, reinstating the five iconic lock gates along with two swing bridges.

It now intends to finish the job and restore the canal to its former glory through one last fundraising effort.

Replacing a road bridge at Wansford with a swing bridge is the last obstacle – and £500,000 is needed.

The DNAA believes full navigation of the route would promote tourism in the area. It plans to ask the European Union for financial support to help fund the project, as well as the East Riding of Yorkshire Council.

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Published: Monday 15th June 2015 by The News Editor

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