About The Trust
The Lapal Canal Trust (LCT) was formed in 1990 when a group of inland waterway enthusiasts realised the restoration potential for the Dudley No. 2 Lapal Canal. Their initiating and persistent vision was that the use of modern engineering methods and materials would make it entirely feasible to reclaim the missing link between Hawne Basin and Selly Oak, via the long-disused but hugely-intriguing Lapal Tunnel.
Restoration would bring with it a host of benefits for the local community living alongside the canal as well as being a new route for boaters.
In 1997, following the restoration by Dudley Council of a section of the canal running through Leasowes Park, the Lapal Canal Trust commissioned Engineering and Design Consultants, Atkins, to produce a feasibility study.
Atkins Study (2007) found that the cost of restoring the Lapal Tunnel were prohibitive and recommended an alternative route going ‘over the top’ through Woodgate Valley. Dreams of restoring the tunnel were put aside and the new plan was embraced.
And so, The Lapal Canal Trust is determined to restore the derelict half of the Dudley No. 2 Canal from Selly Oak to Hawne Basin, incorporating a new ‘over the top’ route, which would provide even greater amenity benefits for the local community.
- Persuade local authorities, government departments and other interested statutory or non-statutory bodies of the benefits and feasibility of restoration
- Persuade land-owners and the public of the benefits and feasibility of restoration
- Secure and protect the line of the Canal
- Create partnerships with public and private sectors that will facilitate restoration of the Canal
- Implement an agreed programme for the restoration of the Canal or any part of it
Dr Peter Best - Chairman
Ray Jones - Treasurer
Helen Jones - Editor
Hugh Humphreys - Fundraising
Adam Šapić - Digital Manager
Terry Stanton - Public Relations