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Canal basin redevelopment plan

Canal basin

A proposal for a major redevelopment of Slough canal basin in Stoke Road has taken a step forward.

Slough Urban Renewal (SUR), a 50:50 joint venture between Slough Borough Council and Morgan Sindall Investments Ltd, has been working on proposals for the site and the council’s cabinet agreed to them having an option on the land.

Initial proposals include housing, landscaping and work to make the basin a destination, for boaters and canal lovers alike.

Councillor Zaffar Ajaib, commissioner for housing and urban renewal, said: “For too long our beautiful canal has been hidden from view and the basin neglected and ignored. 

“By giving SUR an option on the land, they can take forward their amazing proposals for the area and we can regenerate what is a real asset to the town.”

Plans being developed by SUR include working in partnership with Waterside Places to deliver a comprehensive redevelopment of the end of the Slough Arm of the Grand Union Canal.

Once firm plans are drawn up, a planning application will be submitted for consideration.

Andy Howell, general manager of SUR, said: “Working with Waterside Places we hope to transform this location by providing a range of high quality homes set within large open spaces and public areas. 

“Our proposals will create a community and improve access to the waterway to encourage new activity in this area.”

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  • P JewellNovember 25, 2016

    What facilities will be provided to attract boaters to the area? A marina/boatyard would be good, and would provide jobs, and servicing (water/fuel/etc) for visiting boats. Increased/secure moorings, perhaps, too? Will it be possible to turn a 72foot narrowboat ('easily') in the basin? What is the water level like? When was it last dredged? Regular usage by boats is needed to keep any waterway healthy and thriving. Is 'Slough' enough of a draw to bring the boaters in?

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