Macclesfield Canal in £1.4m overhaul

Macclesfield Canal is receiving a £1.4m investment from the Canal & River Trust Photo: Canal & River Trust Macclesfield Canal is receiving a £1.4m investment from the Canal & River Trust Photo: Canal & River Trust
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Macclesfield Canal is receiving an investment of £1.4m from the Canal & River Trust to carry out essential maintenance and repair work.

The charity's programme of work scheduled for this winter includes a dredging project to deepen the channel between Macclesfield and the junction with the Trent & Mersey Canal, improvements to gates, sluices and washwalls on the Bosley Lock Flight and a repair to a leaking culvert near Swettenham Wharf in Macclesfield town centre.

Additionally the 28-mile canal has been drained at Higher Poynton around the junction with the Burgess arm to enable repairs to the towpath and supporting walls. Work is expected to be complete and water levels restored to normal in time for the Christmas holidays.

Volunteer effort

Volunteers from the Macclesfield Canal Society and other voluntary groups have saved the canal charity more than £80,000 this year by clearing away unwanted vegetation and repairing towpaths.

Tracey Jackson, operations supervisor with the Canal & River Trust, said the canal was the first in the country to gain a Green Flag Award, stressing how important it is that visitors have a quality green space to enjoy.

”Modern canals offer an amazing, tranquil space, where everything slows down – a great place to escape the pressures of modern life,” she said.

“We know from research that people are happier and more relaxed when they’re by water and activities such as walking, cycling, boating, fishing, canoeing and paddle boarding improve people’s mental and physical well-being.”

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