Lapal Canal at Harborne Wharf, Selly Oak Park, serves as flood protection

 Severn Trent has been pumping water into the Harborne Lane Lapal Canal basin in order to dry out the flooded hole in Harborne lane and the valve chamber in Selly Oak Park.

The same land drain was put in after the canal overflowed and flooded properties in Reservoir Road in 1958 because British Rail had blocked the junction with the Worcwster and B'ham canal in 1953.  The canal channel is now working as a flood safety measure.

AGM Retirement of Dr Peter Best

  Thanks to all the members who attended our AGM, a good turnout. Dr Peter Best reviewed the good progress over the last 12 months. In Harborne Wharf this included, Carey’s generous contribution to remove 2000 cubic metres of soil to have it back in water and Water Recovery Groups canal wall restoration, also progress on the Battery Site and refocusing on restoring the canal to California. After 16 years as Chairman Peter had decided to step down and becomes President. Warm thanks for Peter's huge contribution and an inscribed tankard from all of us presented by Terry Stanton. Terry has agreed to become our new Chairman, Tony continues as Treasurer and Secretary, Hugh becomes Vice Chairman, Peter Fisher Technical Manager and Dennis as Volunteer Coordinator. We would like to strengthen our committee so if you are interested please come to our regular monthly meeting, 2nd Monday of the month in Sainsbury’s café in Selly Oak at 19.30.  

Dates for your Diary

DATES for your DIARY  July 29 - August 5  2017   A further week of the WRG Volunteers has been organised for the above week. COMMITTEE MEETINGS  Your Committee (Directors plus Committee Members) hold monthly meetings, normally on the second Monday of each month at 7.30 pm at the Café in Sainsburys at Selly Oak. We are always looking for more members to participate in all aspects of the Trust. Please come to a Committee meeting if you can help. (next meeting on Mon., Jan., 23, 2017 ) In particular, we need help with Website Management and Newsletter Editing. We have also held infrequent meetings of the Directors, when necessary.   Headley Fund  We have an application in for £50,000, to follow up the previous grant of £5,000. Positive feedback has been received.        LATEST---- £30,000 AWARDED !!!  

About the Trust

The Lapal Canal Trust (LCT) was formed in 1990 when a group of inland waterway enthusiasts realised the restoration potential for the Dudley No. 2 Lapal Canal. Their initiating and persistent vision was that the use of modern engineering methods and materials would make it entirely feasible to reclaim the missing link between Hawne Basin and Selly Oak, via the long-disused but hugely-intriguing Lapal Tunnel.
Restoration would bring with it a host of benefits for the local community living alongside the canal as well as being a new route for boaters.

In 1997, following the restoration by Dudley Council of a section of the canal running through Leasowes Park, the Lapal Canal Trust commissioned Engineering and Design Consultants, Atkins, to produce a feasibility study.

Atkins Study (2007) found that the cost of restoring the Lapal Tunnel were prohibitive and recommended an alternative route going ‘over the top’ through Woodgate Valley. Dreams of restoring the tunnel were put aside and the new plan was embraced.

And so, The Lapal Canal Trust is determined to restore the derelict half of the Dudley No. 2 Canal from Selly Oak to Hawne Basin, incorporating a new ‘over the top’ route, which would provide even greater amenity benefits for the local community.


The Harborne Wharf area in Selly Oak Park has been restored with the removal on about 2000 cubic metres of soil etc with the generous help of Careys whilst they were restoring the Battery Park area.

Trust Objectives

  1. Persuade local authorities, government departments and other interested statutory or non-statutory bodies of the benefits and feasibility of restoration
  2. Persuade land-owners and the public of the benefits and feasibility of restoration
  3. Secure and protect the line of the Canal
  4. Create partnerships with public and private sectors that will facilitate restoration of the Canal
  5. Implement an agreed programme for the restoration of the Canal or any part of it

Please click HERE to see the committee members.