The project to hang lock gates on the Newport canal to remind visitors of its heritage moved a step closer after Telford and Wrekin Council granted planning permission for the gates, near Roving Bridge, to be hung.
The Town Council and Shrewsbury & Newport Canals Trust will now hold a meeting with the contractor to move the project forward, and Town and Borough Councillor Tim Nelson said it was hoped the gates would be put in place in the open position this summer.
Councillor Nelson had the idea of putting gates back on the lock over four years ago and said it had taken a lot of work with Newport Town Council, Telford & Wrekin conservation and Heritage England to obtain planning permission.
He said: “When complete this project will draw attention to the canal in Newport by enhancing the built environment by making the lock look more like a working lock and re-emphasising the importance of the bridge in the context of its proximity to the canal. Care has been taken to ensure that the historic stonework will not be disturbed.”
Councillor Nelson also confirmed that the lock gates were only part of the vision. He said “we would like to see considerable towpath improvements, including lighting, the restoration of the Black Shed and even put a boat on the town basin.”