Waterways plans are flowing nicely

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Plans for the Bedford and Milton Keynes Waterway are running smoothly – but planners have been warned it won’t be all plain sailing.

The B&MK Waterway Consortium, made up of authorities from Milton Keynes Council, Bedford Borough Council and Central Bedfordshire, met for their annual general meeting in Newport Pagnell this month.

Now plans for the 26km waterway between the Grand Union Canal and the River Great Ouse in Bedford are starting to take shape.

The plans will see a waterway constructed from the Grand Union Canal close to Willen Lake leading to Bedford where it will meet with the River Great Ouse.

Paul Vann, secretary of the B&MK Waterway Consortium, said: “Everyone is working really hard on it and we are making progress. Another year has passed and next year there will be more progress.”

Mayor of Milton Keynes, Councillor Brian White, praised the trust members for their enthusiasm and said they had helped to keep the project alive through difficult times.

A number of problems have arisen on how to bring forward sections of the waterway through the proposed Innovation Park in Marston Vale including indicative costs and a number of implications for the wildlife in the area.

It is hoped that the new waterway will open up a number of business opportunities, leisure activities and economic and environmental benefits between Milton Keynes and Bedford.