The Caldon and Trent & Mersey canals have been Conservation Areas in Stoke since the 1990s. In 2010, the then Lord Mayor invited councillors and officers on a cruise through the local city waterways. It led to the creation of a City Canals Partnership who agreed that a review of local Conservation Areas was needed.
Over a few months a group (including officers from the city council’s planning department and IWA representatives) walked and cycled the waterways of the city. Subsequently, they met up for discussions.
As a result, Burslem Branch Canal is now part of the Trent & Mersey Canal Conservation Area, along with all former wharves. Similarly, a Canal Management Strategy now encourages the planning process to steer development in the canal corridor.
All of this pushed canals well up the agenda in the city. IWA North Staffordshire & South Cheshire Branch, alongside external consultants, worked on a Canal Opportunities Study. Consequently, the canal corridor picked up investment of over £1m for signage, towpath improvements and better facilities.
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Hundreds of miles of waterways – along with their unique heritage and habitats – are currently starved of funding and rely on constant lobbying by us to safeguard their future.
Restoring the UK’s blue infrastructure – our inherited network of navigable canals and rivers – is good for people and places.
The government needs to intervene at the earliest possible opportunity to save this vital sector of the British economy and what could be a core element of the British stay-at-home leisure and holiday sectors in the coming years.
Waterways affected by HS2
We’re campaigning to protect canals and rivers from the damaging effects of HS2, especially where the tranquillity of the waterways is under threat.
LOVE YOUR WATERWAYS
Together we can protect and restore the waterways; Britain's 7,000 miles of canals and navigable rivers need your help.
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