Welcomed to the Locks by Steve Bowyer, chairman of the FIPT, and other members of the Trust, Edward Garnier, South Leicestershire MP Andrew Robathan and Emma McClarkin MEP were briefed on the progress of the restoration which thanks to Heritage Lottery funding is already 25% complete and which hopes to return the Inclined Plane Boat Lift to full working order.
Also at the site is the award winning canal museum which under the curatorship of Mike Beech attracts many visitors each year. During the meeting Steve Bowyer mentioned the need for more volunteers of all ages to support the restorative initiative, there being only a two year window during which the work can be accomplished. If the Incline Plane can be further improved, not only will water be preserved and boat users be enabled to pass more swiftly through the junction, the site’s potential as a visitor attraction will be further enhanced too.
Commenting, Edward Garnier said “I always enjoy coming to Foxton Locks and it is very important that the surrounding community can benefit from the site’s historical importance. I fully support the Trust and they have my backing for their forthcoming lottery bid.”