Group to look af­ter canal bridge

Macclesfield Express - - BEFORE THE BENCH -

A NEW group has been launched to main­tain a ne­glected section of Mac­cles­field Canal.

The Canal and River Trust (CRT) has de­vel­oped a pro­gramme of adop­tion groups which en­cour­age com­mu­ni­ties to look af­ter stretches of canal around a mile in length.

There were sev­eral adop­tion groups on Mac­cles­field Canal, but none in the town it­self.

Now a group has launched to main­tain the canal at bridge 40 on Wind­mill Lane. It comes af­ter res­i­dents Dun­can Lear­mond and Ray But­ler had a meet­ing with MP David Rut­ley and took the idea to the Mac­cles­field Canal So­ci­ety, which then se­cured the back­ing of the CRT. The group has now had its first tidy-up at the canal.

Mr Rut­ley, who at­tended the ses­sion, said: “It was a plea­sure to at­tend the first meet­ing. Vol­un­teers have worked hard to get the group in place. This is an im­por­tant ini­tia­tive to make Mac­cles­field Canal a more en­joy­able place to visit. The canal is an im­por­tant part of our her­itage.”

The group will meet on the first Wed­nes­day of the month. All are welcome.

Con­tact Dun­can Lear­mond on 07584 285766 or email dgl_70@ ya­ to get in­volved.

●» David Rut­ley MP with mem­bers of the Mac­cles­field Canal Adop­tion Group.

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