Newport City Council has recently revealed ambitious plans to rejuvenate Fourteen Locks, a prominent beauty spot in Rogerstone, Newport.
This popular visitor site along the Crumlin arm of the Monmouthshire Canal boasts a picturesque pond and a charming tea room.
The proposed development includes the construction of a new bridge over the pond and the replacement of the existing lock gates with new ones.
Enhancing Accessibility and Visitor Centre Redesign
The upcoming bridge will not only replace the current one but will also significantly improve accessibility to the Fourteen Locks visitor centre through a modified access ramp.
Furthermore, the council has indicated its intention to explore the feasibility of redesigning the visitor centre.
These upgrades aim to enhance the overall visitor experience and attract more people to this stunning location.
Improvements to the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal
In addition to the plans for Fourteen Locks, the council is set to begin work on a series of improvements to the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal.
The project will involve clearing silt and vegetation from the canal, starting from the Fourteen Locks site and extending up to the city boundary with Caerphilly county.
The canal will also be relined as part of the enhancement efforts.
Addressing Water Flow and Environmental Concerns
The desilting and relining activities have been designed to improve water flow and retention along the canal.
Additionally, these measures are expected to have positive effects on the water environment and contribute to biodiversity conservation.
Residents had previously expressed concerns over a stretch of the canal near Rogerstone that had nearly dried up during a period of dry weather.
The council acknowledged that there were historical issues with the canal, both within and beyond its boundaries.
Council’s Commitment to Resilience and Community Access
Councillor Yvonne Forsey, the cabinet member for climate change and biodiversity, expressed her satisfaction with the upcoming project.
She emphasized the importance of building resilience in the city’s ecosystem, and the desilting and relining work is deemed crucial in achieving this goal for future generations.
The canal holds significant value within the local community, and the improvements are expected to expand access to the visitor centre, benefiting residents and visitors alike.
Funding and Impact on Residents
The funding for these extensive developments comes from the UK Government’s shared prosperity fund under the communities and place investment priority.
The works are scheduled to be carried out over the next 18 months, during which residents may experience varying levels of disruption.
Temporary closures of the canal path, with suitable diversions in place, may occur, and parking at the car park may be limited at times.
The council will communicate exact timings for the work through official channels and on-site at Fourteen Locks once they are confirmed.