According to the minutes of the latest meeting of the Friends of the Slough Canal (yes, there are a few), £50k has been set aside by the council and BW for a development study and preparatory work. The actual revamp of te basin area could start as early as next year!!! Blimey. Well about time too. Perhaps when its done people will actually find it worth cruising the arm again.
They are still doing further work on the idea for a through route from the basin at Slough to the Thames at Windsor. However, the good old EA has put a spanner in the works by asking for a boat lift rather than a lock at the point of entry to the Thames. That won't be cheap, so don't hold your breath.
Lastly it seems that there will after all be a Slough Canal Festival "of some description" on 12/ 13 September. It looks like facilities for boaters will be improved after last year's poor preparation, including booking a nearby hall for a Saturday evening boater's social. I wonder how many people will give them the benefit of the doubt. I could be persuaded if a few others care to join us.