£50k boost for Chichester canal visitor centre

The old stable building set to be transformed into a visitor centre by the Chichester Ship Canal Trust
The old stable building set to be transformed into a visitor centre by the Chichester Ship Canal Trust

AN historic stable building on The Wharf, Chichester, is one step closer to being given a new lease of life thanks to a funding boost.

Chichester Ship Canal Trust has been granted £50,000 towards the restoration of the stable by the Veolia Environmental Trust.

The stables, which have not been in use for years, will be transformed into a visitor centre enhancing the work of the Chichester Canal Trust and educating visitors about the area.

The grant was awarded by the Veolia Environmental Trust board at its quarterly meeting.

Linda Wilkinson, chairman of the Chichester Ship Canal Trust, says, “We are delighted the Veolia Environmental Trust has awarded this grant.

“We are looking forward to getting started with this project which will generate more interest in this fantastic area and its heritage.”

Executive director of the Veolia Environmental Trust, McNabb Laurie, said: “Projects like this one really benefit our communities and our board awarded this grant on its merits.

“We are really looking forward to starting work with the trust to develop a centre that will make a real difference to the canal and the wider community.”

The stables, which sits within a conservation area and is next to a listed building, will be used to promote the canal, and help the trust fulfil their aims to restore the stretch running to the harbour.