A public consultation on proposals to restore the Wilts and Berks Canal and create a new link with the Kennet and Avon Canal near Melksham is under way.

The consultaton on the project, which would see a new canal link run by the Berryfield estate, has been organised by the Melksham Area Community Partnership through its waterways group.

Representatives from British Waterways, the Kennet and Avon Canal Trust and Wiltshire Council spoke at a meeting of the CAP Partnership last Wednesday and displays about the proposal are being exhibited at the Waney Edge Cafe in Semington Road, An Opportunity For Melksham? shop in Church Street, Melksham Town Hall and Melksham Library.

An open day at the An Opportunity For Melksham? shop is planned for Tuesday from 4pm to 7.30pm.

Larger plans will be on display and people will be able to ask questions of Wiltshire Council’s canal officer Ken Oliver, and comment on the proposals.

The consultation period will run into June. More details are available on http://melksham.communityarea.org.uk or by contacting waterways@melksham.communityarea.org.uk