Canal vol­un­teers work 5,675 days

Macclesfield Express - - CHARITY ROUND-UP - EMMA CURRY

RES­I­DENTS are be­ing en­cour­aged to play a role in the fu­ture of the Mac­cles­field Canal.

The lat­est meet­ing of the Canal and River Trust’s Manch­ester and Pen­nine wa­ter­way part­ner­ship this month re­vealed that al­most 40,000 hours of vol­un­teer help was do­nated to help keep canals in­clud­ing Mac­cles­field’s in peak con­di­tion.

Be­tween them they worked on water­ways in Greater Manch­ester, the Peak Dis­trict and West York­shire, keep­ing them clean, tidy and at­trac­tive for vis­i­tors.

Wal­ter Men­zies, from Bolling­ton, who is the chair­man of the water­ways part­ner­ship, also ex­plained that vol­un­teers have given up 39,732 hours - which adds up to 5,675 days - to im­prove the Rochdale Canal, Ash­ton Canal, Hud­der­s­field Nar­row, Peak For­est Canal, Mac­cles­field Canal and Trent and Mersey Canal.

Around 100 canal workers, en­thu­si­asts, stake­hold­ers and mem­bers of the com­mu­nity who at­tended the part­ner­ship meet­ing also learned de­tails of the lat­est main­te­nance and restora­tion pro­gramme on the re­gion’s water­ways, and heard from Trans­port for Greater Manch­ester and the Greater Manch­ester Com­bined Author­ity about the im­por­tant role canals play in lo­cal com- mu­ni­ties and the re­gion.

Wal­ter said: “This was a ter­rific event with a lot of sup­port from the com­mu­nity and a lot of good ideas and sug­ges­tions were dis­cussed about how we can make the re­gion’s canals even bet­ter.

“We have fan­tas­tic water­ways in the area with di­verse ru­ral char­ac­ter and some of the busiest canals across the net­work.

“We would love to see more peo­ple us­ing the lo­cal canals and tow­paths for leisure and ex­er­cise.

“We want to work with lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties and busi­nesses to make sure that the water­ways and their sur­rounds are kept in good or­der which is why we’re ask­ing peo­ple to help us shape the fu­ture of the water­ways in this re­gion.”

David Bal­dacchino, water­ways man­ager for the Canal and River Trust said: “Now more than ever we want peo­ple around the water­ways to have real in­put into how they are run and im­proved in the fu­ture. If you have any ques­tions about your nearby canal, river or tow­path that we care for, or would like to help us by vol­un­teer­ing then please get in touch.” Email en­quiries. manch­ester­pen­nine@canal­rivertrust.

●● Mem­bers of the Canal and River Trust’s Manch­ester and Pen­nine wa­ter­way part­ner­ship

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