Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal
The restoration of the southern end of the unnavigable section of the Monmouthshire & Brecon Canal from its current terminus at Five Locks Cwmbran to Newport, and from Newport to Cwmcarn, is the focus of the Monmouthshire, Brecon & Abergavenny Canals Trust.
Since funds have been restricted to maintaining the restored locks at Ty Coch Llantarnam Cwmbran, trust members have taken time between periods of lockdown to cut the grass, collect litter and engage with visitors, both at Five Locks and Goytre Wharf. A number of trust volunteers found a window of opportunity to repaint the exterior of the Lord Raglan community trip-boat.
A lock-gate restoration programme for the next ten years was completed for Newport City Council and the trust has continued to give advice to Torfaen County Borough Council in its commitment to provide electricity, water and pump-out facilities at Five Locks Cwmbran, which will be of benefit to hire- and private-boat users.
As part of a new development in South Sebastopol, the borough council has taken the advice of the trust on how to plan the layout of mooring facilities which is part of a new canalside shopping facility.
At the beginning of 2021, trust members redesigned the website ready to launch in the spring. The resolve of trust staff and volunteers operating the Fourteen Locks Canal Centre must be commended in running events, manning the visitor centre and engaging with visitors in a friendly way between periods of lockdown. The café at Goytre Wharf is now operated by Penelope’s Café and is a welcoming stop-off for visitors and local people alike with its varied menu of home-cooked food.