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The creation of a canal through Melksham could herald a 55 million windfall for the town, according to a new report from a leading environmental consultancy.

The scheme is estimated to cost 21 million, and will be funded by the Ny Yankees Cap Blue

A planning application for the development was submitted last year, with the trust currently waiting on the results of a series of environmental Chicago Bulls Hats Black

Trust secretary Chris Coyle welcomed the report. He said: "Amec are very experienced in this field, so it makes sense to go to them. We hope local people will share our excitement at the benefits which a restored canal might bring to Melksham."

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This is potentially a great boost for Melksham and its local economy one only has to look back to the 70s and 80s when restoration of the Kennet Avon was underway to see what a transformation it made for Staverton and Bradford on Avon. To have the Wilts and Berks gradually brought back to life will be a huge achievement and worthy of everyone's full support. No doubt there will be some detractors given that new cuts will have to be made but to put places like Melksham, Calne, Wootton Bassett Los Angeles Dodgers Cap

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and Swindon back on the national canal network will be excellent.

This is potentially a great boost for Melksham and its local economy one only has to look back to the 70s and 80s when restoration of the Kennet Avon was underway to see what a transformation it made for Staverton and Bradford on Avon. To have the Wilts and Berks gradually brought back to life will be a huge achievement and worthy of everyone's full support. No doubt there will be some detractors given that new cuts will have to be made but to put places like Melksham, Calne, Wootton Bassett and Swindon back on the national canal network will be excellent.

Mr Coyle said: "We have got to satisfy everyone, but hopefully that will be approved some time during 2014. Then we would like to see it finished in five years.

The Wilts and Berks Canal Trust, which has worked to restore the Melksham Link in the town, has commissioned the report from New Era Yankees Hat Amec Environmental, which claims it could attract a new marina development, hotel and canal side housing.

"There has been a lot of support within the town for the proposal; many people can see the economic and other advantages of having that amenity there, with safe cycling and walking routes.

surveys before planning permission can granted.

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The trust is preparing for a traditional river festival on the River Avon in Melksham on September 5 and 6, when it will showcase the social benefits of the scheme.

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The 52 page document suggests 250 jobs would be created during the construction of the link, which would see the Kennet and Avon canal at Semington connected to the River Avon.

"The Chamber of Commerce is supportive too, as they can see the benefits that would come."

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