Planning renewal for waterway park

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PLANNING permission for the new Milton Keynes Waterway Park has been renewed for another five years – but there is still no sign of work starting in the city.

The proposed new linear park waterway will link the Grand Union canal at Campbell Park to the River Great Ouse at Kempston.

With a 20 year timescale, the project will progress as funding and opportunities become available.

The first structure, an underpass, was built last year between Junction 13 of the M1 and Bedford.

This month MK Partnership agreed to renew the planning permission for the Milton Keynes section until 2017.

Chairman of the Bedford and Milton Keynes Waterway Trust Graham Mabbutt said he was “delighted” at the renewal.

“We hope within that time we shall see the first signs of construction of the Milton Keynes section of the waterway,” he said.

James Clifton of the Canal and River Trust (formerly British Waterways) said: “The Canal and River Trust remains committed to this exciting new waterway link between Milton Keynes and Bedford and looks forward to working as part of the B&MK Waterway Consortium to make it become a reality.”

The linear waterway park will be developed in conjunction with the Forest of Marston Vale and Milton Keynes Parks Trust.

They say it will be of “enormous” benefit” to the area, provide attractive places to live along the route and stimulate the local economy.