A canal towpath is receiving a major overhaul to make it easier and more pleasant for members of the public to use.
The council is spending £55,000 – from developer contributions – to improve the towpath near Queen’s Drive in Nantwich on the Shropshire Canal which will make it far less muddy for passers-by.
The project will see significant improvements beside the canal towpath between bridge number 89 – the Red Stripes Bridge – through to bridge number 90 at Green Lane, where the upgrade will also include improvements to the steps at the north end.
The improved towpath will ensure the local community can use the canal-side for cycling, walking and fishing all year round. The improvements will also encourage boaters to stop and visit the town.
Councillor Ainsley Arnold, Cheshire East Council cabinet member for planning and regeneration, said: “We are delighted to be able to assist the Canal and River Trust with funding this important project. Members of the public should see a huge difference alongside the canal thanks to this important investment.”
Sarah Lalieu, enterprise manager at the Canal and River Trust, said: “The canal system is a tranquil haven but the towpath now is currently like a muddy puddle, making it difficult to walk along the canal.
“We know that being by the water can boost health and wellbeing so the work to improve the towpath will enable the local community to use this great asset on their doorstep.”
The project is the latest phase of improvements in Nantwich following the refurbishment of Nantwich Aqueduct and installation of the new play equipment at nearby Marsh Lane.
The improvements programme is a partnership initiative between the council and the Canal and River Trust. The work has started and scheduled for completion by November 2018.