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Stroud Canals Vision

Stroud District Council has been working to prepare a “whole canal corridor” vision and strategy for the future regeneration and active use of the district’s canals since April 2021.

We would like your views to help us understand how you use the canals and the obstacles you think may prevent them from reaching their full potential.

Stroud canals vision survey 

If you are assisting someone who doesn’t have access to a computer, the survey can be filled in here and returned by email to canals.strategy@stroud.gov.uk or by sending a printed copy to Canals Strategy consultation, Ebley Mill, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 4UB.

The canals include the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal (running from Hardwicke in the north of the District to Sharpness in the south), and the two Cotswold Canals (from Saul Junction in the west, to Chalford in the east).


Stroud District Council believes a long term vision and strategy is needed to ensure projects maximize opportunities to achieve broader social, economic and environmental objectives: -

  • Social – contributing to developing healthy, active and accessible communities
  • Economic – providing for local jobs, supporting the vitality of our towns and rural hinterlands
  • Environmental – reducing our carbon footprint and conserving and enhancing our distinct natural and historic built environment

A long term vision and strategy will provide the strategic direction for the future and provide a framework for an evolving detailed action plan which will identify short, medium and long term projects to be delivered by the council, stakeholders and local communities.

An effective Canals Strategy with a powerful narrative will also provide the platform to make effective future funding bids to Government and other funding bodies. 

The Strategy will complement and support longer term schemes relating to the Heritage Lottery restoration project that is unlocking a lost section of the Cotswold canals corridor between Saul Junction and Eastington.

The Draft Canals Strategy will be subject to public consultation during early 2022 and the final document will be used to ensure future projects and development meet our collective vision and objectives for the future of our canals.

Stroud canals vision survey 

If you are assisting someone who doesn’t have access to a computer, the survey can be filled in here and returned by email to canals.strategy@stroud.gov.uk or by sending a printed copy to Canals Strategy consultation, Ebley Mill, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL5 4UB.

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