On the Swansea Canal at Clydach, a long-standing blockage will be removed after Swansea Council donated 120m of buried canal length to the Swansea Canal Society. The length had been infilled in 1973 and turned into a council road maintenance depot. The canal is encased in a pipe under concrete with the remains of a lock still visible through a metal grid.
In partnership with Glandwr Cymru (CRT in Wales), the society intends to restore both lock and canal to full use.
To this end, a channel bypassing the piped canal route has been dug, which will take the canal water around the old route, thus allowing work to be undertaken in the dry on both lock and canal. The first phase of removing municipal buildings, which were built over the channel, and reinstating the towpath, that is also part of Sustrans National Route 43, is now complete. The rest of the site has been securely fenced and a portable building has been moved for use as a site office for the restoration. Swansea Council has also donated stone, recovered from demolished walls elsewhere, for use in the lock restoration.
Elsewhere on the canal, successive WRG Summer Camps are bringing the pairs of locks at Trebanos and Ynysmeudwy back towards navigability. Other SCS work parties have replaced rotting timbers at Clydach (Mond) Lock and are also reinforcing long stretches of towpath edge between Coed Gwilym Park and Trebanos. This is to augment the dredging work already being undertaken by CRT and Land and Water in 2019/20. When completed, this will allow a passenger trip-boat to work this mile-long section and also improve the existing canoe hire experience. At the lower end of the existing canal, the owner of Players Yard has adopted part of the canal and hopes to extend it by 100 yards into his land and down to the River Tawe.
The vision of joining up the Neath, Tennant and Swansea canals to form a 35-mile waterway is actively promoted by the Swansea Bay Inland Waterway Partnership which meets each quarter. Members from CRT, IWA, Natural Resources Wales, SCS and all interested stakeholders attend.