A PROJECT designed to keep the canal in Stalybridge hazard-free has been highlighted in Parliament, as MP Jonathan Reynolds asked for a debate about the country’s network of canals and waterways.
Over the past three years more than 200 trolleys have been pulled out of the stretch of the Huddersfield Narrow Canal, in the town centre.
But earlier this month British Waterways agreed to routinely make sure the stretch of water was clear of trolleys, which can do extensive damage to boats. And the cost of the clean-ups is to be met by Tesco, whose Stalybridge store borders the tow path.
Stalybridge and Hyde MP Jonathan Reynolds highlighted the scheme in the House of Commons on Thursday (May 24, 2012). And he suggested the scheme could be mirrored in other areas of the country – opening up the network of canals and waterways.
He told the House: “Unfortunately, litter and debris can be a considerable problem in our canals, but I am pleased to be able to say that in Stalybridge we have agreed a regular monthly clean-up, paid for by the local supermarket.
“By putting in place similar arrangements, we can open up these assets to an even wider group of our fellow countrymen.”
Attracting boaters and visitors to the Huddersfield Narrow Canal is seen as a crucial part of the plans drawn up by the newly formed Stalybridge Town Team. But submerged trolleys and other debris can cause significant damage and deter boaters.
It is hoped that keeping the stretch of water clear of submerged hazards, such as supermarket trolleys, will make Stalybridge a more attractive destination.
Published on 12 June, 2012