Stoke-on-Trent’s canals to be upgraded in £1 million scheme

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Stoke-on-Trent City Council have announced a £1 million commitment to the repair and improvement of the city’s waterways.

The upgrade will see the area between Westport Lake Visitor Centre and the Trent and Mersey Canal in Burslem, landscaped following feedback from visitors.

A two-month project will see an improvement to pathways, removal of low-hanging branches and the installation of solar lighting, as well as other enhancements to the local beauty spot.

Alison Cross, The Wildchild Officer for the Staffordshire Wildlife Trust, said: “With the wildlife trust running Westport Lake Visitor Centre, these improvements should enhance the visitor experience for the whole site and make Westport Lake an even more pleasant place to visit.”

Stoke-on-Trent City councillor Anthony Munday, cabinet member for greener city, development and leisure, said: “Westport Lake is a fantastic attraction and this scheme is about us looking at how we can make the experience even better for visitors.

“This is quite a simple landscaping project which will make a big difference to bringing the two areas closer together.”

Councillor Daniel Jellyman, cabinet member for regeneration, transport and heritage, said: “We really are blessed to have so many canals here in Stoke-on-Trent and we need to look after them.

“The work taking place will really bring the lake and canal much closer together visually and encourage a more natural flow between the two.

“Canals have so many opportunities and investing in them can bring all sorts of benefits to the city.”

David Baldacchino, waterway manager at the Canal and River Trust said: “The Canal & River Trust is delighted to be working with Stoke -on-Trent City Council on these improvements.

Westport Lake is a popular location with canal users as well as the wider public so a project like this that brings them closer together is very much welcomed.”

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