Ashby canal transfer

The county council are seeking views on transferring part of the Ashby Canal route between Snarestone and Measham in north-west Leicestershire to a local charity organisation.


This engagement has been extended to run from Monday 20 February to Sunday 26 March 2023.

Why we're consulting

We’re proposing to transfer part of the route of the Ashby Canal to the Ashby Canal Association (ACA) and welcome suggestions on any alternative ways the council could pursue the restoration of the canal.

We previously carried out a consultation in June 2019 and now that we are getting ready to transfer part of the Ashby Canal to the ACA, we would like to hear your views 

Leicestershire County Council has led on the restoration of the Ashby Canal since 1994, including the purchase of land for that purpose, under a Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO). 

The council remains committed to restoration of the canal but is unable to progress as quickly as stakeholders would like, owing to lack of resources.

The next section of canal identified for potential restoration is between Snarestone and Measham.  The council are considering transferring the ownership and the obligations and responsibilities under the TWAO in seeking to restore this section to the Ashby Canal Association. 

The use of the land would be restricted to the building of a canal. The council would retain the ownership of the other sections of canal, as shown on the map below.

You can find out more about the charity on the Ashby Canal Association website. 

Let us have your views

We’re particularly open to hearing from individuals, households and businesses that are new to the area and stakeholders to complete this consultation.

This can also include responses from people who previously contributed. 

Share your views by Sunday 26 March:

Complete the survey online

If you have any questions or queries on this consultation, please email 

Alternative format

If you can, please complete the questionnaire online as this is kinder to our environment.

A copy of the questions to print out are available below. They should be returned to the freepost address at the bottom of the document:

Other formats are available on request by phoning 0116 305 7005 or emailing 

What happens next

After the consultation closes in March, we’ll analyse the results and share them later in 2023.