Now that’s one way to get the tow­path sorted

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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.

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