£1m boost for Stoke

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THE TRENT & MERSEY and Cal­don canals in Stoke-on-Trent are to ben­e­fit from £1m of fund­ing for im­proved ac­cess and fa­cil­i­ties, as part of the City Coun­cil’s Strate­gic Plan to in­crease vis­i­tor num­bers, pre­serve Stoke’s her­itage, re­duce anti-so­cial be­hav­iour and in­volve com­mu­ni­ties in im­prov­ing neigh­bour­boods.

The Canal & River Trust is work­ing with the coun­cil to de­velop the pro­gramme, but im­prove­ments are likely to in­clude new ac­cess points, boater fa­cil­i­ties, tow­path re­pairs and sur­fac­ing, bridge works, im­prove­ments to his­toric canal­side build­ings, seat­ing, light­ing and sig­nage.

The plan fol­lows on from a study sup­ported by lo­cal wa­ter­ways and com­mu­nity groups in­clud­ing the lo­cal branch of the In­land Wa­ter­ways As­so­ci­a­tion and the Cal­don & Uttoxeter Canals Trust. As IWA’s Steve Wood put it: “We want to make it eas­ier and more at­trac­tive for boaters to stop and ex­plore the city, and for res­i­dents to ex­plore the canals.”

Work is ex­pected to be­gin in April 2017, for com­ple­tion by the end of that year.

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