The Kennet & Avon Canal offers an opportunity to contribute to several of the issues that are concerning Devizes. The 250 berth Caen Hill Marina at Foxhangers demonstrates that private capital has confidence in the canal’s future in the leisure market.
There are further opportunities at the Caen Flight, including the Diamond Jubilee Wood Project, (British Waterways) and Devizes Wharf (Wiltshire and Devizes Councils), with the Flight addressing leisure, tourism and employment and the Wharf leisure, tourism, employment and housing.
There is the opportunity to create a waterside community that becomes the life blood of the canal.
In the current economic climate, the role of Wiltshire Council should be to plan, encourage, and facilitate appropriate development of the canal and adjoining land aided by British Waterways, Devizes Town Council, Devizes Chamber of Commerce, and DCAP. Whilst acquiring finance will not be easy, with well-planned visitor attractions it should be possible to attract private investment. British Waterways should reconsider their earlier approach of seeking to obtain lottery funding and investigate how they can partner with the private sector to progress the Caen Flight as a leisure park.
This artcle is an extract from the Devizes Community Area Plan