DUE TO SERIOUS ENGINE FAILURE, THE TRUST HAS HAD TO CANCEL ALL SAILINGS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. DISCUSSIONS WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE NEXT COUNCIL OF MANAGENT MEETING AT THE END OF APRIL TO DISCUSS THE PROBLEM AND SOURCE A REPLACEMENT ENGINE
The Thomas Dadford returns to the Neath canal for the 2015 season
The Neath & Tennant Canals Trust are presenting a static display documenting the history of the Neath canals at the learning centre, Victoria Gardens, Orchard Street,Neath. SA11 3BH from 17th -25th April 2015. ( on Saturday 18th & 25th Mike Jones will be in attendance between 10:00 – 4:00 to provide additional information and field any enquiries)
The Thomas Dadford was recently chartered for a unique canalside wedding at St. Illtyd’s church, Lantwit.
A number of Parishioners of Paraclete Church, Newton, Mumbles, Swansea, recently chartered the Thomas Dadford (crewed by Martyn and Edwin) for a Sunday afternoon picnic and visit to the Trust workshops at Tonna lock, followed by a cruise downstream to attend the 3:00pm service at the canalside Church of St. Illtud.
Thanks to NCN staff for recently taking to the canal in the weedcutter to help keep the navigable channel clear of weed
A solitary kayaker recently spotted making his way downstream from Aberdulias to Tyn yr Heol lock, Tonna
Volunteers from the Neath Animal Sanctuary turned out on a Sunday afternoon to help clear the canal of litter between Neath Town Centre and Tonna lock
With one group on board to collect litter from the non-towpath bank, and another scouring the towpath, the Thomas Dadford was soon transformed into a floating refuse cart
At the end of a “Rubbish” day 16 sacks of rubbish were brought back to castle quay. A hearty “thank you” to the community spirit of the Neath Animal Sanctuary
ALERT !! Protection of the line of the Neath Canal
The entire line of the Neath Canal has hitherto been protected by the Local Authority.
Neath Port Talbot CBC’s current Local Development Plan – which will provide the proposals and policies to control developments for the next 15 years – has excluded the line of the canal above Ysgwrfa Bridge (south of Glynneath).
The Trust – together with a number of other ‘stakeholders’ – has formally objected and proposed that protection be re-instated for the line of the canal between Ysgwrfa Bridge and Manor Drive. As a consequence, this section has been identified by NPTCBC as an ‘Alternative Site’. Such sites are currently the subject of public consultation- as per the NPTCBC web-site / posters placed in the vicinity of the site.
Whereas the Trust historically has sought to protect the remainder of the line of the canal in Glynneath, its restoration and regeneration is now considered to be impracticable and the site is earmarked for mixed housing development.
The Trust believes that the retention of the line of the canal below Manor Drive is an essential requirement for the successful regeneration of the northern section of the canal in terms of recreation and tourism and to maintain the historic association of the canal with Glynneath.
Your assistance in formally registering your support for this ‘Alternative site’ by March 10th would be greatly appreciated.