VALLEYS CANAL COMPANY
is SVCC? The
Stroud Valleys Canal Company is a charitable company that has been
set up to be the navigation authority – i.e. the operational
managers – for the Cotswold Canals as they are restored. It was
created by four partners – Stroud District Council (SDC), the
Cotswold Canals Trust (CCT), the Company of Proprietors of the
Stroudwater Navigation and Gloucestershire County Council. It leases
the Stroudwater Navigation from the Company of Proprietors and owns
much of the course of the Thames and Severn Canal from Stroud up to,
and including, Brimscombe Port. The restoration itself is being
managed by SDC, but SVCC is obviously closely involved.
do I license a boat on the canal? At
present, we are not issuing licences or charging licence fees. The
canal is still undergoing restoration and although lengths may be
navigated at your own risk, some sections will be unavailable due to
ongoing work and subject to restrictions. Once
the canal is connected to the main system at Saul Junction, we will
introduce a licensing regime, with, we hope, some degree of
reciprocity with the Canal and River Trust (C&RT - formerly British
Waterways). However, other than for short term visitors, we do require ALL
boats moored on the canal to be registered with us. For these, we will need the
name, address and telephone number of the owner; evidence of
compliance with the Boat Safety Scheme (a BSS certificate) for all
powered craft except those powered solely by an outboard engine and
with no inboard fuel, gas or electrical systems; and evidence of
insurance covering third party liability of at least £2million for
all powered boats including those powered by outboard engines. We
strongly advise that unpowered boats should also be covered by
insurance, which is available cheaply through a number of boating and
I moor a boat on the canal? Yes,
subject to conditions.
There are three types of mooring – visitor mooring, usually for a
maximum period, long-term mooring for boats that are not lived on,
and residential mooring. We are currently identifying what sites can
be allocated to each of these purposes and we will publicise these in
due course. Mooring fees are payable for anything other than short term
visitor mooring. Visiting boats must always only moor on the towpath
side or at clearly designated visitor moorings. The offside bank is
usually in private ownership.
I use the slipways? There
are two slipways on the SVCC controlled length of canal:
one at Strachans Close near Stroud provides access to about 3 miles and
3 locks (one a double) within the Phase 1A length.
The one at Eastington, between Pike Lock and Blunder Lock and not far from the M5, provides access to about a mile of canal and two locks within the Phase 1B length.
Anyone proposing to use the slipways needs to contact
SVCC in advance as they are normally kept locked.
do I use the locks? If
you have never used a lock before, we suggest you either read up on
it or call in at the CCT Visitor Centre where there will probably be
someone who can explain it to you. You will need a windlass to
operate the paddle gear. You will need a windlass with BOTH the two normal square holes to operate the locks and swing bridges.
I put a landing stage at the bottom of my garden? You
will need our agreement to ensure it is a safe place to moor in terms
of passing traffic and a licence from us. Generally, you should not plan for any
structure to extend out into the canal or be built on land we own
(sometimes the channel has narrowed over years of
disuse or has not yet been dredged to the correct width). We will be as helpful as we can but may sometimes have to
say no for navigational reasons.
I fish in the canal? The
fishing rights on most of the canal are
let to either the Stroud & District Angling Club, the Association Phoenix Angling Club or Frampton Angling Club.
You will need to speak to them about fishing opportunities.
facilities will there be for boats and boaters in the initial phase
of restoration? We
will aim to provide at least one water point on the Stroud - Stonehouse
section. Other facilities are only likely to become available after the
link has been made with the rest of the waterway network at Saul.
Who do I contact? Enquires about using the canal should be made to Peter Best whose details are on the Contacts page.