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Wey and Arun Canal boat trip plans on display

Section of the Wey and Arun Canal
Image caption Restoration of the Wey and Arun Canal has been under way since the 1970s

Residents are being invited to comment on a project to open up a mile-long section of canal on the Surrey and Sussex border for boat trips.

The Wey and Arun Canal Trust is holding a public exhibition in Dunsfold to ask for people's views before a formal planning permission is sought.

The trust said Waverley Borough Council had been supportive during preliminary planning discussions.

Work includes restoring the canal from Compasses Bridge to Tickner's Heath.

Clearance work has already taken place to unblock the waterway but a new boat house, slipway and landing stage will also be needed.

Similar boat trips are already running in Loxwood, West Sussex, on a stretch of the canal which the volunteer-led trust has already made navigable.

The plans are being exhibited at Winn Hall in Dunsfold on Sunday.

The Wey and Arun Canal, which was opened in 1816 as a link between London and the south coast via the River Thames, runs from Shalford, in Surrey, to Pallingham in West Sussex.

It closed in 1871 because of competition from the railways.

Restoration of the 23 mile (36km) route has been under way by WACT volunteers since the 1970s.

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