Plans for the next stages of restoration of the Montgomery Canal have created an exciting opportunity.

A project manager is wanted for the rebuilding of the last bridge blockage in Shropshire.

The vacancy is advertised on the Restore the Montgomery Canal! website which describes the project as a new bridge with a prefabricated segmented concrete arch.

It is intended to making extensive use of suitably skilled volunteers to reduce costs to a level where the bridge works could be funded.

Michael Limbrey, chairman of the Montgomery Waterway Restoration Trust, said: “This is possibly the most exciting project in the long history of volunteers working to restore the Montgomery Canal. A qualified volunteer has been working on the design for some months now, and we now need someone to help carry those plans into effect.

“We expect construction could take six months and we expect that the preparation could take up to twelve months. We are keen to press on as soon as help can be arranged.

“This is a role that would suit someone retired or in the process of winding down their working life. We envisage a part-time position which could be largely conducted at home so the successful applicant would not have to live in the area.

“We are looking for someone with experience in civil engineering project management who would be able to work with varied skills and abilities. Many of our volunteers will have long experience of working on the Montgomery Canal or on other canal projects across the country, and are qualified to operate the machines they need, some of which are very big.

“Our project manager will work with a team undertaking the restoration under the supervision of the Montgomery Canal Partnership and will also have to ensure the bridge meets the requirements of the highway authority and the Canal & River Trust who own the canal.

“This is a unique opportunity to carry forward a unique canal restoration project. Rebuilding this bridge will open the way to restoration of the last length of derelict canal, which will be targetted after the current lottery-supported channel restoration to Crickheath Wharf has been completed.”

Anyone interested in the position is asked to contact John Dodwell, Chair, Montgomery Canal Partnership at or 07802-961485.

The Restore the Montgomery Canal! appeal has now raised over £160,000 which is more than half the expected cost of the volunteer-led construction of the new bridge. The Montgomery Waterway Restoration Trust is keen to receive further donations to the appeal through .