Now that’s one way to get the towpath sorted
A VOLUNTEER TEAM will be working to improve the towopath on the Stratfordupon-Avon Canal through Lapworth this year, thanks to a grant which was secured following an application submitted by one of the volunteers.
Retired former Severn Trent Water manager and volunteer lock-keeper Fraser Pithie noticed while on duty at Lapworth Locks that the many towpath walkers were having to put up with a muddy and uneven path. So in his own time he gained the support of local district councillors and Lapworth Parish Council for an application to Warwick District Council for a grant. Following the successful application, the £10,000 grant will pay for materials so that the towpath can be resurfaced, the work being carried out by the local Canal & River Trust Towpath Taskforce volunteer team.
Mr Pithie also persuaded his former employers at Severn Trent to repaint their nearby water supply aqueduct over the canal.
CRT West Midlands Partnership Chair Peter Mathews commended Mr Pithie and the rest of the local lock-keepers. “Coming from diverse backgrounds, they each bring different skills and expertise,” he said.