Newsletter July 2009
Canalside Coach Trip

What do you want for Banbury?

As the Oxford Canal and the River Cherwell pass through Banbury, the canal and river sides are clearly fragile and historic areas, vulnerable to flooding and destruction by unsuitable development. Clearly such an important and central area needs to be developed in such a way as to create a coherent, high quality, sustainable public environment for the benefit of Banburians and visitors alike.

With the planned development of this area in mind, a day coach tour of similar Midland canal towns is being arranged to see the various ways that other canal and river areas have been developed. An introductory meeting is planned, ten days before the visit itself, to maximise the benefit of what will be a whistle-stop tour, together with a discussion meeting ten days after the trip to offer the opportunity for opinions to be expressed and new horizons explored.

A formal consultation process is planned by Cherwell District Council to start in the Autumn of this year, and the purpose of this programme of events is to create a basis for informed discussion of the various ways in which the canal-side area could be beneficially developed. The dates of the events will be:

  1. Tuesday August 25th – An evening of brief, illustrated talks in Banbury to provide the background for the tour. A short guide will be produced for distribution at the meeting.
  2. Sunday September 6th – Coach tour to the canal and river sides of Worcester, Stourport-on-Severn and Kidderminster, returning via Droitwich and Stratford-on-Avon. It is not intended to walk the canals but, on a flying visit, to observe the features illustrated in the earlier talks.
  3. Tuesday September 15th – Evening discussion in Banbury to create a brief report of findings and suggestions to Banbury Town Council and Cherwell DC.
  4. Sunday October 18th - Free guided walk with Brian Little and Professor Brian Goodey around the canalside development area.

Coach travel has been costed at about £10 per seat and a pre-arranged soup or pub sandwich lunch should keep extras to a minimum. Ideas for sponsors are welcome.

Please let Mo Mant know as soon as possible if you are interested in joining the coach party so that we can gauge the likely numbers. Contact her on 01295 721630 or

Examples of Canalside development: