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.  

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.


August 6, 2017 WRG Week

Week’s review.

We completed the work started last year on repairing and reinstating a brick wall in Harborne Wharf, in total 20 metres of wall with bricks removed, cleaned and replaced; in addition, two large tree stumps were removed from the wall. A work camp is a significant operation, a lot of careful planning before starting, method sheets and risk assessment forms to be prepared and materials and equipment ordered. On the last day, all the tools cleaned and carefully stored for the next group. This also applies to all the canteen cooking utensils as the WRG provide everything. Thanks also to Peter Fisher LCT Technical Officer for his tireless help during the week and now busy planning further work.
In addition to thanking the IWA Inland Waterway Association and their volunteers, we would like to thank the many organisations who supported us. In particular Rod Green who arranged accommodation at the Stonehouse Gang Club, Chris Wallace who gave us access to the Scout Hut facilities (toilets and kitchen) and also our friendly neighbour Michael Winwood who gave us a water connection and free electricity. Alex Jones who provided archaeological supervision and report. Also, Cathy and Dave who arranged a boat trip to Birmingham for the volunteers. Places for People Leisure for the use of showers in Harborne Baths and Coombeswood Canal Trust who provided the fuel for the excavator. Thanks again to the Headley Trust whose grant last year funded all the cost of accommodation and materials. As of this morning, during the week our Facebook page reached a total of over 31,000, thanks to everyone who shared. We will shortly issue a press release

See below for more details and photos.