An Open Meeting

Debate: The Future of the Purton Hulks

By Paul Barnett

Photo:Neil Carmichael, MP and Paul Barnett viewing the hulks at Purton

Neil Carmichael, MP and Paul Barnett viewing the hulks at Purton

by Paul Barnett

MP to debate future of Purton Hulks


The Friends of Purton are today welcoming the formal announcement by Stroud Member of Parliament, Neil Carmichael that he intends to chair an open public meeting in order to discuss the future of one of Gloucestershire’s most famous of maritime monuments.


This come in the wake of British Waterways recent adoption of the site which is now formally recognised by the nations heritage governing authority English Heritage, as the largest ships graveyard in the country, and its designation in 2010, of the sites last remaining Kennet built canal boat Harriett, as a vessel of great archaeological significance and maritime importance.


The meeting, which it is hoped, will include prominent members from English Heritage, Natural England, British Waterways, elected politicians representing Hinton Parish Council, Stroud District and Gloucestershire County Council, is seen as the most proactive step to ensuring adequate protection of the Gloucestershire time capsule since its formation in 1909.


Friends Chairman, Paul Barnett, heralded the move as a unique opportunity to openly discuss both the protection of the site and the preservation of the surrounding environment. Scheduled to take place at the Sharpness Dockers Club commencing 6:45 pm for 7:00pm on 1st June 2011 Mr Barnett encouraged all with an interest in the future of the site, to attend in order to participate in the ongoing debate to protect the regions diminishing maritime  archaeology.


For further details please see  

This page was added by Iris Capps on 13/05/2011.

If you're already a registered user of this site, please login using the form on the left-hand side of this page.